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29 SEPTEMBER 2012
PHL-UK RELATIONS: ON TRACK TOWARDS GREATER COOPERATION
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NY 28 September 2012 Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario and Secretary of the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague reaffirmed the importance of bilateral ties between the Philippines and the United Kingdom and welcomed developments that showed that Philippines-United Kingdom relations are on track towards greater cooperation.
Meeting at the sidelines of the 67 th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary del Rosario and Minister Hague had a broad exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest. They also discussed the timeliness of the Philippines-United Kingdom Joint Plan of Action and how both of them can identify practical cooperation measures towards enhancing the relationship of the two countries.
Minister Hague reiterated the United Kingdom’s readiness to continue assisting in the Mindanao peace process. Secretary del Rosario invited his British counterpart to visit the Philippines and Minister Hague stated this would be certainly considered for next year. In a statement following the meeting, Secretary del Rosario said that the Philippines and the United Kingdom recognized that both nations and peoples shared common and universal values of democracy, free speech, and the rule of law buoyed further by a shared language and growing and deepening links between their two peoples. END
Robert E.A. Borje
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