Philippine president to bring up travel warning issue in APEC

16:59, November 05, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday that he will personally bring up the issue on travel advisories against the Southeast country to his counterparts during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Japan next week.

"We will be meeting with a lot of them (foreign leaders) for the APEC summit by next week. I think I'll probably course the dialogue with a lot of them there as much as possible," Aquino told reporters when asked regarding his concerns on travel advisories.

At least six countries - the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the latest France - have already issued the travel advisories against the Philippines following the foiled terrorist attack to America last week.

Aquino said that his administration has started communicating with the different embassies regarding the concerns on their travel advisories, which he has said came from "unverified information."

"We will communicate the same with France and perhaps we should communicate in the most diplomatic way possible that there is an urgent request from our country not to be inflicted this harm if the basis isn't that concrete," he said.

The Philippine president will join the other 20 leaders on the APEC summit in Yokohama. He will leave for Japan on Nov. 11 and will return in Manila on Nov. 15.

Source: Xinhua


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