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Stronger PH-Japan ties and rule-based order are the goals of DFA.

The following procedures to implement the understandings and agreements established between President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in February will be discussed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa.

Manalo will attend the Munich Leaders Meeting (MLM) from May 14 to May 16 in Tokyo, Japan, according to a news release from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday.

Marcos and Kishida were present to sign and exchange significant agreements in the areas of infrastructure for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, agriculture, and digital cooperation and communications technology, all of which are on Marcos’ top agenda.

Manalo will discuss the rules-based system and the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership in the discussion at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan.

“The friendship, cooperation, and respect that have characterized the relationship between the Philippines and Japan are extraordinary. We have created a comprehensive, mostly results-oriented Strategic Partnership based on common principles from the ashes of conflict,” he remarked.

In addition to Vietnam, Japan is one of the Philippines’ two strategic partners. It is also the first nation with which the Philippines has established a Strategic Partnership.

The Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is the only bilateral free trade agreement the two nations have.

“The Philippines and Japan must continue to work together to ensure that the principles enshrined in the UN [United Nations] Charter and the rules-based order that has been the bedrock of international peace and stability these past decades are upheld and strengthened,” he added. “The world undergoes profound transformations, driven by new technologies, power dynamics, and societal changes.

The MLM seeks to establish communication between the leaders of Europe and the United States and those of the Indo-Pacific region to exchange views about how to promote stability both locally and globally.

The gathering takes place days before the 49th G7 Summit, which will take place from May 19 to 21 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Manalo, decision-makers, and specialists are anticipated to exchange knowledge on the Indo-Pacific security architecture, nuclear security, and new cooperation prospects stemming from the region’s altering geopolitical situation.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ bilateral relations, Manalo will also have a meeting with Abdulla Shahid, the foreign minister of the Maldives.

When Manalo was the Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Shahid presided over the 76th UN General Assembly.

Shahid and Manalo will talk about improving bilateral ties and expanding collaboration on climate change between the Philippines and Maldives in regional and international fora.

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