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PMs of Japan and Marcos will meet at the UNGA.

One of the bilateral meetings that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are planned to have next week outside of the UNGA, according to Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to the United States.

Kishida was one of the first foreign leaders to speak with Marcos following his victory.

The Japanese leader asked Marcos for help for “the attainment of a free and open Indo-Pacific” during a 15-minute phone call on May 20 last year.

Kishida pledged to keep Tokyo and Manila in close communication over economic matters, including the construction of railways and Subic Bay.

On September 20, during the 77th UNGA in New York, Marcos, who will be in the city from September 18 to 24, is scheduled to deliver the Philippine statement.

However, it is still uncertain exactly when and what time the meeting with Kishida will occur.

Other meetings in New York, according to Romualdez, would include bilaterals with two other international leaders and Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“At least six to eight encounters with heads of state are likely on his schedule. There’s also been a request for meetings with other heads of state from Latin America and African governments, so we’re still waiting for word on that one,” Romualdez said in a TV channel interview.

“As I have mentioned, these UN meetings have numerous moving components. Over a hundred people wish to connect, “Added he.

Uncertain Biden meeting

The envoy noted that while a one-on-one encounter is “uncertain,” Marcos will meet US President Joe Biden when the latter gives a reception for all the heads of state in attendance in New York.

Both parties wanted to accomplish it; he continued in a matter of time. “They will undoubtedly meet there. However, we are naturally looking for a chance for them to sit down and have a more in-depth conversation about our connection.”

In addition to his UNGA speech, Marcos will present the administration’s interest in enhancing and extending trade and investment ties between the Philippines and the US at the Philippine Economic Briefing.

Enrique Manalo, the secretary of foreign affairs, and Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, spoke on Friday.

Together, they discussed “common alliance interests, both in the Indo-Pacific and beyond the world” and reiterated their commitment to advancing their relationships.


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