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Duterte is presented with the credentials of four new envoys.

At Malacanang Palace on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte formally accepted the credentials of four new ambassadors.

Duterte greeted Nigerian Ambassador Folakemi Ibidunni Akinleye, Bangladeshi Ambassador Borhan Uddin, Irish Ambassador William John Carlos, and Romanian Ambassador Răduta Dana Matache.

During her speech, Akinleye promised to work “tirelessly” during her term in office to strengthen Nigeria-Philippine friendship by participating in mutually beneficial collaboration in trade, medical exchange programs, information technology, maritime security, education, and tourism.

Meanwhile, Duterte expressed the hope that bilateral collaboration in areas of mutual interest will be strengthened, particularly as the two nations celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year.

“We look forward to advancing our shared aim for peace and prosperity for our peoples through further bilateral and multilateral interaction,” he said.

Bangladesh’s willingness to expand collaboration in the textile and ceramic industries, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, glass fiber industries, agricultural goods, information technology, education, and health sectors, according to Uddin.

Uddin’s arrival, according to Duterte, comes at a “very auspicious time,” as the Philippines and Bangladesh mark the 50th or golden anniversary of their “long-standing” diplomatic relations.

“I’d like to see more bilateral exchanges, especially as we fight to recover from the pandemic and achieve long-term growth,” he said.

Carlos stated that Ireland intends to considerably expand economic and business ties with the Philippines, as well as people-to-people contacts. He also acknowledged that the substantial Filipino diaspora in Ireland plays an important and constructive role in Ireland, particularly in the health sector.

Duterte praised the establishment of the Irish Embassy in Manila this year, saying that the Philippines is looking forward to reviving its connections with Ireland, particularly in the economic arena, when accepting Carlos’ credentials.

“Strong economic and investment ties between the Philippines and Ireland, as well as the rest of the European Union,” he said, “would lead to a faster and more inclusive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Duterte stated that the Philippines is banking on Ireland’s backing in resuming negotiations on a free trade deal between the Philippines and the European Union (EU).

He also expressed gratitude to Ireland for the kindness shown to Filipinos who live and work there.

Meanwhile, Matache stressed the importance of “stepping up” Romania-Philippines political and diplomatic collaboration, particularly in international marine, cybersecurity, disaster management, resilience-building, tourism, and trade. She also voiced her want for the Philippines to reopen its embassy in Bucharest.

Duterte stated that the Philippines shares Romania’s eagerness for enhancing bilateral ties, especially as the two nations celebrate their diplomatic relations’ 50th anniversary next year.

“I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to organize good activities that will help us achieve our common goals.” In this regard, we are ready to collaborate with you. As you work to improve and develop our bilateral relations, you can count on the Philippine government’s support,” he said.

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