Monday, October 15, 2012

KL, Manila agree to boost bilateral ties

The Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to further strengthen their already robust bilateral relations in the fields of tourism, education, culture, health, information technology, labor and anti-trafficking.

The agreement was reached during the bilateral meeting held in MalacaƱang on Monday between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, who is in the country on an official visit.

In a statement released after their meeting, the two leaders agreed to “further enhance the dynamic and productive partnerships” between the two countries by taking advantage of the Philippines-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting to sustain the momentum of their partnership; conducting regular investment forums, exchange of trade and investments missions; taking advantage of tourism opportunities between the two countries; and hastening negotiations on proposed cooperation agreements.

Prime Minister Najib arrived in Manila on Sunday for an official visit from October 14 to 16. He is accompanied by his wife Madam Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Najib is in the country to witness the historic signing of the Framework Agreement between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, as third-country facilitator.

He congratulated President Aquino as he assured Malaysia’s support to the continuing peace negotiations and the implementation of the Framework Agreement.

For his part, President Aquino thanked Prime Minister Najib for the support as facilitator of the GPH-MILF peace talks since 2001 and their leadership of the International Monitoring Team since 2004. -Interaksyon (October 15, 2012 4:42PM)

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