Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss bilateral cooperation.
02 October 2015 – Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly to discuss furthering bilateral cooperation.
“We are now closely looking into Australia’s proposal for a Comprehensive Philippines-Australia Partnership. The proposed Joint Declaration of Comprehensive Philippine-Australia Partnership will further strengthen our already robust bilateral relations in all fronts,” Secretary Del Rosario said to Foreign Minister Bishop.
The Secretary also expressed his congratulations to the new government of Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, as well as for the reappointment of FM Bishop.
“This Comprehensive Partnership reflects the reality of our strong relations,” FM Bishop said. She explained that PM Turnbull looks forward to meeting President Benigno S. Aquino III at the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting to be held in November in Manila.
Secretary Del Rosario also conveyed the appreciation of the Philippine Government for Australia’s donation of two landing craft heavy vessels to the Philippine Navy.
The two Foreign Ministers also vowed to work together to address the complex issue of irregular migration and migrants in distress.
FM Bishop reiterated the invitation for the Secretary to come to Australia for the Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting in February 2016 when the two countries will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic relations. END