The Philippine Star
Rody virtually receives envoys’ credentials
President Duterte welcomed last Wednesday at Malacañang the new ambassadors of Chile, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, India, Pakistan and Russia and affirmed the country’s ties with them.
Duterte virtually received the credentials of ambassadors from the seven countries through video-conferencing, in compliance with the measures against COVID-19.
He cited Manila’s longstanding ties with New Delhi as he accepted the credentials of Ambassador Shambu Kumaran, saying the Philippines is committed to further enhance cooperation with India in defense, security, trade and investments, and in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kumaran conveyed the warm greetings of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assured Duterte that his country is looking forward to having the opportunity to work towards a COVID-19 vaccine.
Duterte also welcomed Chilean Ambassador Claudio Rojas and expressed hope that the Philippines and Chile would further enhance their cooperation in trade and investments, disaster risk management, agriculture, geothermal energy, tourism, and culture. He thanked the Chilean government for the hospitality it extended to Filipinos and for helping repatriate stranded Filipino seafarers.
Rojas noted that the Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country to have diplomatic ties with Chile. He also cited the Philippines’ support for Chile in its membership bid in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and as a development partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The Chief Executive, meanwhile, highlighted the strong momentum of high-level exchanges between the Philippines and Hungary when he accepted the credentials of Ambassador Titanilla Tóth.
He cited the recent visit of Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjartó to Manila in October and the Philippines’ hosting of the second meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation this week. He also thanked Hungary for supporting the Philippines in multilateral fora in line with its government’s policy of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries.
Tóth assured Duterte that Hungary is “a stable and reliable partner” of the Philippines in Europe.
Duterte described Russia as “a good friend and partner” when he accepted the credentials of Ambassador Marat Pavlov. He thanked Russia for its offer to supply Sputnik-5 vaccines and to share its technology on vaccine production.
The Philippine leader also reiterated his invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the Philippines “as soon as circumstances will allow.”
Pavlov said Russia and the Philippines should work together to implement launched projects, sign new agreements and enhance interaction in international fora to mark the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. He also reiterated that collaboration on the possible distribution and production of Sputnik-V in the Philippines would greatly contribute to the growth of bilateral ties.