(Eagle News) — Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte met with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw on the Presidential Palace in his first official go to in Myanmar, which is anticipated to forge deeper bilateral ties between the 2 international locations.
The President additionally met on Monday with state counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for 30 minutes, the place he offered $300,000 as humanitarian assist for the persecuted Rohingya folks, capping his two-day official go to to Myanmar.
President Duterte was first warmly welcomed by President U Htin Kyaw upon his arrival at Myanmar’s Presidential Palace.
There have been additionally welcome ceremonies on the Palace grounds the place President Duterte wore a Barong Tagalog whereas Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw wore the longyi, Myanmar’s conventional costume.
The two leaders then proceeded contained in the Palace, the place President Duterte signed the visitor ebook.
The two leaders then held a bilateral assembly, the place the Myanmar president mentioned he appreciates the go to of President Duterte to Myanmar.
Warm welcome in Myanmar, varied agreements signed
President Duterte then thanked the Myanmar chief for the nice and cozy welcome he and his delegation had acquired in his first official go to to the nation.
Also current on the bilateral assembly have 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.
Following the bilateral assembly, President Duterte witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Food Security and Agricultural Cooperation, which was signed between the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
President Duterte meets with human rights advocate Suu Kyi
The President additionally met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the Call Room of the Presidential Palace.
President Duterte gave the famous human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner a bouquet of roses and promised to assist the Rohingya folks, a persecuted minority group in Myanmar, handing Suu Kyi a “modest humanitarian support” of $300,000.
“President Duterte (also) presented to the Myanmar icon a bouquet of roses and a modest humanitarian support of $300,000 for the crisis involving the Rohingya minorities in Rakhine Region,” mentioned Piñol in his Facebook post, the place he additionally posted images of the 2 Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders.
A Palace assertion mentioned the Philippines’ humanitarian help to Myanmar’s Rakhine State was the largest donation made to this point made by an ASEAN member-state to the Myanmar state this yr.
Piñol mentioned the President additionally invited Suu Kyi to the Philippines which the Myanmar State Counsellor mentioned “she would consider.”
Both leaders are 71 years outdated. Suu Kyi has gained worldwide popularity of her combat for democracy in her nation, and has acquired varied honors and awards together with the Rafto Prize, Sakharov Prize, Nobel Peace Prize, Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Order of Australia, US Congressional Gold Medal, and Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is an honorary citizen of many international locations, together with Canada, and was an honorary member of Nelson Mandela’s Elders.
Andanar mentioned in a press release that Duterte’s assembly with Suu Kyi additionally touched on matters equivalent to agricultural schooling and technological experience alternate; expanded commerce; academic alternate; and the opportunity of Myanmar shopping for pineapple fiber from the Philippines.
Myanmar was additionally the primary to assist the Philippines when the nation was hit by supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.
Myanmar’s former president U Thein Sein was additionally the primary to go to Bantayan island in Cebu after it was devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda.
Upon arriving in Myanmar on Sunday, the President was additionally welcomed by tons of of excited Filipinos there who travelled for 5 (5) hours from Yangon going to Naypyidaw to personally see him. President Duterte met with the Filipino group on the primary day of his official go to to Myanmar on March 19, 2017.
Majority of the Filipinos in Myanmar are based mostly in Yangon and a superb variety of them instantly registered to take part within the Filipino group assembly upon studying the information from the Philippine Embassy in Yangon.
The President gained within the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) in Myanmar, garnering 56% of the abroad Filipino votes within the May 2016 elections.
On Day 2, March 20, he met with the Myanmar President and with Suu Kyi.
President Duterte additionally met with Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on the Horizon Lake View Hotel.
Duterte then proceeded to Thailand after his Myanmar go to as a part of the Philippine chief’s go to to the 9 different ASEAN international locations. The Philippines is the host this yr of the ASEAN Summit.