Japan Foreign Minister to visit PH to discuss political, economic, defense cooperation with counterpart

Japan Foreign Minister to visit PH to discuss political, economic, defense cooperation with counterpart

The deepening relationship between the Philippines and Japan continues to grow under the current administration.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the first half of his six year term once described the relationship between the Philippines and Japan is at its “Golden Age.”

True enough, the increase in trade and aid from Japan is on a record high, add also the multiple visits that Duterte has done in Japan, vis- s vis of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here in the Philippines.

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In its continuing robust relationship, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to visit the Philippines from January 8 to 9. The Japanese Foreign Minister will be meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. to discuss cooperation on political, economic, defense, and other areas under Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership.

The bilateral meeting between Toshimitsu and Locsin will be held on January 9 “to discuss the advancement of the Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership in terms of political dialogues, economic and infrastructure cooperation, defense and maritime security, and Japan’s support for Mindanao and the transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“The Foreign Ministers will also exchange views on developments in the regional security landscape,” it added.
Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu  will also pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacanang.
“This will be Foreign Minister Motegi’s first visit to the Philippines after being appointed to the post on 11 September 2019,” DFA said.
“The Philippines is part of the Foreign Minister’s four-country Southeast Asian swing that also includes stops in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia,” it added.

DFA highlights that the visit constitutes a further affirmation of the strengthened strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan, under which both countries continue to elevate and deepen their decades-long economic cooperation, together with their engagement on strategic security issues.

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