Duterte returns to PH after ‘historic’ trips to Israel, Jordan
Updated @ 6:31 p.m., Sept. 8, 2018
AMMAN, Jordan — President Rodrigo Duterte returned to the Philippines Saturday after his “historic” trips to Israel and Jordan.
Duterte arrived at the Davao International Airport at 10:55 a.m.
“I am pleased to renew the Philippines’ friendship with two important countries in a region of crucial significance to our nation,” he said in his arrival speech.
In Israel, Duterte met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his four-day official visit.
“We identified ways and means of broadening cooperation to combat terrorism and transnational crimes, enhance security and defense, intensify two-way trade and investment and improve people-to-people exchanges,” he said.
“With President Reuven Rivlin, I discussed the need to improve technical cooperation, particularly in capacity and capability building,” he added.
The President also met with Jordanian King Abdullah II during his three-day official visit.
“We identified areas for concrete collaboration to address terrorism and extreme violence,” he said.
“Together with His Majesty’s Cabinet, we discussed ways to expand cooperation in two-way trade and investment, human resource development, interfaith dialogue and tourism,” he added.
The President said “the welfare and well-being of Filipinos overseas received full attention in discussions during the twin visits.” /jpv /atm