01 October 2015 – Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and UK Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire, reaffirmed strong Philippines-United Kingdom partnership when they met on September 29 on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly.
“Philippines-UK relations are robust, vibrant and comprehensive,” Secretary del Rosario said.
The Philippines and UK will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations in 2016.
Both Ministers discussed ongoing bilateral economic projects, the arbitration case in The Hague, the Mindanao Peace Process, the upcoming 12th ASEAN-Europe Meeting Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Luxembourg in November, among others.
Secretary Fel Rosario also confirmed that Manila will host the 6th PHL-UK High Level Meeting in early 2016.
For his part, Minister Swire invited Secretary del Rosario to visit London in early 2016.
In June 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III undertook a three-day Official Visit to the UK. END