Senior British diplomat to meet Philippine president

19:12, July 20, 2010      

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After the United States, Britain is also sending a senior diplomat to the Philippines to hold talks with President Aquino, specifically on the Mindanao peace process, the British embassy announced on Tuesday.

British Foreign Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne is coming to Manila for a two-day visit beginning Wednesday to take up issues of bilateral concern between the United Kingdom and the Philippines, said the British embassy's Charg d'Affaires Colin Crorkin.

This is Browne's first trip to the Philippines, which is part of his visit to South East Asia.

"This visit reinforces the growing importance our new government attaches to Asia, including the Philippines. Relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strongly underpinned by trade and investment," Crorkin said.

During the visit, Browne will pay a courtesy call on Mr. Aquino in Malacanang.

His visit also includes a series of discussions on issues of bilateral interest, such as security, trade, and human rights, with senior Philippine government officials, Crorkin said.

"Among the issues Browne is expected to discuss are the situation in Mindanao and wider bilateral issues," Crorkin said.

Source: Xinhua


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