Philippine president, British minister discuss bilateral ties

21:45, July 21, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday discussed with British Minister for Southeast Asia Jeremy Browne ways to strengthen overall bilateral ties between their countries, especially through increased bilateral trade and investment.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Browne said he informed the President that the UK wants to "reach out" to emerging economies, including the Philippines.

"I also talked about the agenda for the UK government, that we are not concentrating just on our traditional allies in Europe and North America, important though they remain to us. We want to reach out to the emerging economies of the world and a lot of those emerging economies are here in Asia, including in the Philippines," Browne said.

A Palace press statement said that during the meeting, Aquino and Browne "discussed ways to improve the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as possible assistance from the British government in Mindanao peace efforts."

Browne, on his first trip to Asia since his appointment as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on May 14, 2010, will be in the Philippines until July 22 as part of his South East Asian trip.

Source: Xinhua


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