President Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha reaffirmed the 70-year-old strong relationship between the Philippines and Thailand as they committed to explore more areas of cooperation between the two countries.
In a statement, a day after President Duterte ended his visit to Bangkok, Thailand, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that the Chief Executive had a “pleasant and productive” meeting with the Thai Prime Minister.
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“Both leaders lauded the seventy years of deep friendship and bilateral relations between their respective countries. They agreed to strengthen the Philippines-Thailand ties across all areas of cooperation, such as trade and investments, security and defense, agriculture and people-to-people exchanges,” Panelo said Monday evening.
Duterte had a bilateral meeting with Prayut before he flew back to Manila Sunday evening. During their meeting, Duterte congratulated Prayut for successfully hosting the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit over the weekend.
“The President also took the occasion to congratulate the Thai leader on his recent reappointment as Prime Minister, as well as for Thailand’s successful hosting of the 34th ASEAN Summit,” Panelo said.
Meanwhile, Panelo said the Palace views Duterte’s third visit to Thailand for the ASEAN Summit a success.
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“He was able to clearly articulate the stance of the Philippines on regional and global concerns, without being distracted in his commitment to bring a comfortable and secured life for all Filipinos, through his call of increased cross-border trade with our key allies in the region, and top Thai investors,” he said.
“The President looks forward to the next gathering of ASEAN leaders, together with other dialogue partners in Bangkok, Thailand, before the end of the year,” he added.