Philip­pines looks for­ward to build­ing strong part­ner­ship with Malaysia

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Philip­pine For­eign Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano called on Malaysian For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Sai­fud­din Ab­dul­lah yes­ter­day, and said he looked for­ward to work­ing closely with Malaysia to build a stronger part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries in bi­lat­eral, re­gional and mul­ti­lat­eral fo­rums.

Cayetano con­veyed the mes­sage to Sai­fud­din at their 40minute meet­ing at the lat­ter’s of­fice here in the course of his in­au­gu­ral four-day work­ing visit to Malaysia be­gin­ning yes­ter­day.

Wisma Pu­tra said Sai­fud­din and Cayetano dis­cussed bi­lat­eral is­sues and ex­changed views on re­gional and global mat­ters.

They noted the ex­cel­lent state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Malaysia and the Philip­pines, and be­lieved that these re­la­tions could be fur­ther strength­ened.

“Both lead­ers agreed to con­tinue bol­ster­ing greater co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas,” said Wisma Pu­tra.

It is learnt that Cayetano’s visit was also to in­form Sai­fud­din on the pri­vate visit by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to Malaysia this week­end to watch the ti­tle fight be­tween boxing icon and sen­a­tor Manny Pac­quiao and Lu­cas “The Ma­chine” Matthysse.

Pac­quiao, who is also known as The Pac­man, is sched­uled to face World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­ter­weight cham­pion Matthysse of Ar­gentina in a much-an­tic­i­pated bat­tle, which is re­garded as the “Fight of the Cham­pi­ons”, at Ax­i­ata Arena in Bukit Jalil to­mor­row.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Sai­fud­din Ab­dul­lah re­ceiv­ing Philip­pine For­eign Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano at his of­fice in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

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