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Canada and PH will talk about maritime and defense cooperation.

During the impending visit of Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, it is anticipated that the Philippines and Canada will strengthen their defense and maritime cooperation ties.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday that Enrique Manalo, the department’s secretary of foreign affairs, will meet with Joly on May 19 and discuss collaboration in the aforementioned areas as well as recent events in the West Philippine Sea, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

According to the DFA, the two top diplomats will also talk about boosting trade, investment, and energy sector collaboration.

Manalo stated, “I welcome Foreign Minister Joly’s visit to the Philippines to enhance our two nations’ cooperation based on our shared principles, including democracy and adherence to a rules-based international order.

“The Philippines and Canada’s ongoing collaboration demonstrates how alliances built on such common ideals can weather many difficulties and roadblocks. I’m excited to talk about issues that will interest both countries and benefit them. He continued, I’m hopeful that this meeting will deepen the longstanding friendship between our two countries.

The next meeting will be a Canadian Cabinet minister’s fourth trip to the Philippines during the Marcos presidency, which the DFA stated signals a “return to high-level engagements between the two countries.”

The trip was made less than a year after Canada unveiled its CAD 2.3 billion Indo-Pacific strategy, which places Manila as a key regional ally.

The goal of enhancing cooperation in capacity building, particularly in HADR, combating illegal fishing, food security, agriculture, and health, was personally communicated to Manalo by Canadian Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan in March.

Along with Joly, Manalo, according to the DFA, will emphasize the close relations between the two countries’ populations, particularly the sizable Filipino diaspora in Canada.

According to DFA data, nearly a million people of Filipino heritage live in Canada, making up 2.59 percent of the total population.

When Canada opened a trade mission in Manila in December 1949, bilateral relations were officially underway.

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