NAY PYI TAW, Burma (Myanmar)—The heads of state of the Philippines and Burma raised their glasses on Monday night to “strong and deeper” ties between the 2 nations, on the final night time of President Duterte’s first official go to to the nation.
In toast remarks on the banquet hosted by Burma President Htin Kyaw for President Duterte within the Presidential Palace right here, Duterte mentioned the Philippines was aiming for elevated cooperation in agriculture, labor and commerce and funding.
“My visit demonstrates the commitment of my country to expand cooperation with Burma on a broad range of issues,” Duterte mentioned, in his remarks.
“In defense and security, we must work closer to address the threats of terrorism and violent extremism that undermine the economic progress we have so far achieved,” Duterte mentioned.
He additionally added: “We should be unrelenting in our fight to dismantle the apparatus of the illegal drug trade. This menace is a challenge that knows no borders and affects all of us in the region.” Among the Cabinet secretaries becoming a member of Duterte within the Burma journey had been Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, national safety advisor Hermogenes Esperon, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Isidro Lapena.
In commerce and funding, Duterte famous that Philippine companies coping with prescription drugs and meals and drinks have already invested in Burma. “Philippine companies will remain keenly interested in the development potentials of [Burma], which is among the highest in the [southeast Asian] region,” Duterte mentioned.
Burma, however, can avail itself of schooling, coaching, capability constructing and human useful resource growth alternatives within the Philippines, Duterte mentioned.
The banquet was held after Duterte met with Htin Kyaw and Burma State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on the Presidential Palace earlier within the day. Duterte had ended the assembly with Suu Kyi with the turnover of a symbolic examine indicating the Philippines’ pledge of US$300,000 in humanitarian help to Burma’s Rakhine State.
The world-renowned democratic icon earlier issued a letter of appreciation, thanking the Philippine authorities for the “thoughtful gesture” which “reflects the Asean solidarity and family spirit, as well as the traditional bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”
“I thank you and the people of Myanmar for the timely assistance, particularly for those who were affected by typhoon ‘Pablo,’ which hit my island in Mindanao, the earthquake in Bohol, and the typhoon [Haiyan]. In our own modest way, please note that the Philippines is ready to support Myanmar in its own humanitarian challenges,” Duterte mentioned, in his toast remarks.
For his half, President U Htin Kyaw described the afternoon’s bilateral talks with Duterte as being “open and cordial,” and “related to our existing cooperation and on plans for our future cooperation.”
“We are also very pleased to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Food Security and Agricultural Cooperation between the two countries,” Htin Kyaw famous, in his toast remarks. “We strongly believe that we have ample opportunities to promote our bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade, investment, tourism, food processing, and agriculture, among others.”
Htin Kyaw mentioned Burma was able to cooperate with the Asean to “promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world at large.”
The Philippines can be this yr’s Asean chair and will likely be internet hosting the southeast Asian regional summit.
After the banquet, Duterte is scheduled to fly straight to Thailand, at round eight:30 p.m., Myanmar time (10 p.m. Manila time).