NAY PYI TAW, Burma -The Philippine authorities has pledged US$300,000 humanitarian help to Burma’s (Myanmar) Rakhine State – identified internationally as a hotbed for non secular violence between the Buddhist communities and the minority Rohingya Muslims.

The pledge was made official throughout President Duterte’s assembly with Burma President Htin Kyaw and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on the President Palace right here within the nation’s capital on Monday afternoon, the second and final day of Duterte’s first official go to to Burma.

Duterte started the closed-door assembly with Suu Kyi  by handing her a bouquet of roses, and had wrapped up the assembly by handing her a symbolic verify representing the Philippines’ pledge for the help in Rakhine State.

The democratic icon and Nobel Prize awardee Suu Kyi, Burma’s de facto chief particularly on worldwide affairs, later 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.”

Burma was the primary to assist the Philippines when the nation was hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in 2013.

The Philippines can also be this yr’s Asean chair and will likely be internet hosting the Southeast Asian regional meet.

Before assembly with Suu Kyi, Duterte first met with President Htin Kyaw, the nation’s first civilian President after 5 a long time beneath a army junta, to maintain bilateral talks.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Duterte had notably known as for “increased two-way trade and investment, citing the growing presence of Philippine companies in Myanmar.” Htin Kyaw, for his half had requested switch of expertise, finance and administration coaching, and capability constructing; invited buyers to Myanmar; and inspired tour packages.

Earlier within the day, a bunch of Filipino firms which have places of work in Burma paid a courtesy name to Duterte. Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, a part of Duterte’s delegation in Burma, stated there have been greater than 20 Filipino corporations within the nation.

“Our trading with Myanmar is still small – we’re just starting to trade again with Myanmar,” Lopez famous, in an interview. “Our relationship here is a bit of a start-up – but these are opportunities.” The Philippines’ main imports from Burma are agricultural merchandise, whereas the Philippines’ prime exports to Burma are medicaments for therapeutic or prophylactic makes use of.

The two Presidents had additionally overseen a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding on meals safety and agricultural cooperation.

Lopez stated the Philippine authorities was eyeing Burma as a possible marketplace for hybrid rice seed exports developed within the Philippines.

Duterte within the afternoon additionally individually met with Burma’s commander-in-chief Senior basic Min Aung Hlaing.

Also current at these conferences had been Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua, and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Vicente Sotto III.

According to Cayetano, the leaders had additionally mentioned “worldwide concerns on terrorism.”

A banquet was to be hosted by the Burmese officers for Duterte within the night, proper earlier than Duterte leaves Burma and heads to Thailand for his two-day official go to within the neighboring southeast Asian nation.


Source: inquirer