PH, In­dia boost bi­lat­eral ties, sign 4 agree­ments

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - CATHER­INE S. VALENTE

THE Philip­pines and In­dia signed four agree­ments to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion on de­fense, trade, agri­cul­ture and for­eign ser­vices, boost­ing bi­lat­eral ties at the side­lines of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) sum­mit in Manila.

The sign­ing was held dur­ing the bi- lat­eral meet­ing of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Narenda Modi on Mon­day.

The four agree­ments signed in­volved de­fense and lo­gis­tics co­op­er­a­tion, agri­cul­ture, co­op­er­a­tion in the - ter­prises and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the In­dian Coun­cil of World Af­fairs and the For­eign Ser­vice In­sti­tute of Philip­pines.

On his Twit­ter ac­count, Modi said he had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with Duterte, chair­man of this year’s Asean meet­ings.

“Had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. We had ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions on en­hanc­ing In­dia-Philip­pines bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion es­pe­cially in trade, busi­ness and cul­ture,” Modi tweeted.

In his speech dur­ing the meet­ing, Duterte said he would like to fur­ther en­hance trade re­la­tions with In­dia,

par­tic­u­larly on medicines, which In­dia has made af­ford­able.

He urged Modi to ex­plore busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Philip­pines, es­pe­cially on af­ford­able medicines amid

“I’m happy that you’re here be and you have it…And we might in­vite you to take a visit to the Philip­pines and some of the guys who maybe would want to in­vest there. And we would [be] happy to see you build­ing an in­vest­ment that would in­clude the medicines,” Duterte said.

Modi in­vited Duterte to visit New Delhi along with other Asean lead­ers for the 2018 Asean-In­dia Com­mem­o­ra­tive Sum­mit.

“In God’s will, I will be there,” Duterte told Modi.

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