SINGAPORE — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, November 15, discussed cooperation in the areas of peace and infrastructure in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Thank you very much for your kind words about my victory in the most recent LDP presidential election,” the Japanese Prime Minister said.
“Now that I have another opportunity to continue working with you…and so it is a great pleasure for me,” he added.
“I look forward to having a productive discussion with you on strengthening Japan-Philippines cooperation in the area of consolidation of peace as well as infrastructure development,” he continued.
Before their dialogue, President Duterte mentioned in a chance interview with the media that he would convey to Prime Minister Abe issues of mutual interest in the region, especially “about COC [Code of Conduct] and, of course, trade and commerce and the [Korean] peninsula.”
Also during the meeting, the Prime Minister extended Japan’s deepest condolences on the recent natural calamities that the Philippines had experienced.
“I once again would like to express my condolences for your loss as well as those who lost their lives in the multiple typhoon disasters in the Philippines,” Prime Minister Abe said.
President Duterte then expressed his gratitude for the assistance that the Japanese government had extended to the Philippines.