Aquino to consider foreign trips when domestic issues settled

19:50, July 05, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said on Monday that he will consider going on a foreign trip only after he has addressed urgent "domestic matters."

Aquino made the statement when asked whether he would consider the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) proposal for him to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, as his first overseas trip.

"Before I make any plans of a foreign nature, let me be sure that the domestic front is well covered already and we're headed towards where we want to get to," he said.

He said that the proposed foreign trips of the DFA "all have value" but it's a matter of determining which should come first and which would be the "most cost effective."

"All of that have value. For instance, (the invitation to) Europe, where you get to meet the entire membership of the European Union. It is very cost effective, and very tempting to accept (the invitation) right away," he said, but added that he wants to settle pressing domestic problems before he leaves the country.

Prior to the inauguration of the new president, the DFA had urged the Aquino administration continue the Arroyo administration 's policy of economic diplomacy, and hoped that Aquino would consider attending various scheduled summits abroad.

Source: Xinhua


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