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British envoy in Manila to strengthen UK, PH partnership

/ 01:08 PM January 07, 2016
Philip Hammond

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. AP Photo

The United Kingdom’s top diplomat is in Manila Thursday as part of his three-leg visit to East Asia, which includes China and Japan.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has arrived in Manila for his first official visit to the Philippines as Foreign Secretary as the UK and Philippines mark their 70 years of diplomatic relations this year.

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“It is a pleasure to be in the Philippines on my first official visit to the country as Foreign Secretary in the same year that we mark 70 years of diplomatic relations,” Hammond said in a statement posted on the UK government website.

“The British government is committed to strengthening our partnership even further and working together to tackle issues of regional and global concern as strong supporters of a rules-based international order,” he added.

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During his visit, Hammond will meet with President Benigno Aquino III to discuss the strategic partnership between the UK and the Philippines in the middle of the global and regional challenges threatening security and prosperity, including global efforts to tackle extremism.

Hammond’s meeting with his counterpart Secretary Alberto del Rosario will focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation on foreign and security policy issues.

He will also meet Filipino business leaders to discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations economic community and the opportunities and challenges in boosting trade and investment on both sides.

Hammond’s visit in Manila followed his two-day trip to China. After Manila, he is scheduled to fly to Tokyo, Japan. RAM

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