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.

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