Duterte receives credentials of 5 new envoys
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte received on Wednesday the credentials of five new ambassadors in Malacañang.
The President welcomed ambassadors Luc Véron of the European Union (EU), Antonio Jose Maria De Souza E Silva of Brazil, Kim In-chul of South Korea, Michele Jeanine Boccoz of France, and Marcela Fernandez Ordoñez of Colombia.
Véron expressed the EU’s willingness to support the Philippines in its efforts to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, “including guaranteeing affordable and fair access to vaccines for all.”
Duterte, for his part, noted that the Philippines and the EU should continue “to redefine, refine and reinforce” its ties in the face of challenges and opportunities.
Meanwhile, the President thanked the Philippines’ “old friend and partner” Brazil for supporting the country’s defense and security.
Duterte welcomed the delivery of the six Brazilian-made attack aircrafts last year as he received the credentials of its new envoy.
The President likewise thanked South Korea for supporting the country’s defense modernization program, noting the arrival of warship BRP Antonio Luna as he received Kim’s credentials.
On the other hand, Duterte told France’s new ambassador that the Philippines hopes to see enhanced cooperation on climate change, sustainable development, environmental protection, migrants workers’ rights, gender justice, and more.
In accepting the credentials of Ordoñez, the President said it was time to bring the Philippines’ ties with Colombia “to another level.”
“We are ready to further enhance cooperation particularly in trade and investment, defense, and in addressing non-traditional security issues including terrorism and violent extremism and drug trafficking,” Duterte said.
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