DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte left for Russia on Monday afternoon, May 22 for a four-day state visit in said country.
In his departure message delivered at the Davao International Airport, Duterte described as “a landmark visit” his official trip to Russia as the same is the product of previous meetings with top Russian leaders, among them President Vladimir Putin during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Peru in November last year.
The visit, Duterte added, will underscore the independent foreign policy of the Philippine and broaden the horizon of the country’s friendship and cooperation with Russia.
“In my discussions with President Putin during the APEC, we agreed to boost our bilateral relations,” he said, adding that there is much room to develop the mutual cooperation of Philippines and Russia and many opportunities that need to be explored.
“Now, we can work together,” Duterte said, saying that his administration will give importance to the relationship of Philippines and Russia.
His administration, he added, will not only push for pragmatic political collaboration, but also increased economic cooperation and enhance people to people exchanges.
“We will discuss ways of charting future relations and exchange views on regional issues and determine how to advance out shared interests,” he said.
The President added that his delegation will also meet with business leaders in Russia with the emphasis on sustaining the country’s economic growth.
“We will seek responsible economic partners to become new allies in development,” he said.
Duterte will also meet the estimated 5,000 Filipinos in Moscow during the official visit.
“I will also meet with the Filipino community in Moscow and thank them for their contributions to nation building,” he said.
President Duterte also hoped that the official visit will lead to a robust, comprehensive and mutually beneficial Philippine – Russia partnership. (davaotoday.com)