March 05, 2017

Philippines and Japan Conclude 3rd Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue

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  • The Philippines and Japan successfully concluded the 3rd Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue (VMSD) on 01 March 2017 at the DFA Headquarters in Pasay City.

    Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo, head of the Philippine delegation, welcomed Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba and the delegation from Japan.  The two sides had a fruitful and constructive discussion on matters of mutual interest, with particular emphasis on this year’s chairmanship of ASEAN by the Philippines and Japan’s support for proposed joint commemorative activities in celebration of ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary. Both sides discussed progress on their economic cooperation after the successful visits of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to Japan in October 2016 and of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Philippines in January 2017.

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