Philippines and Japan will intensify defense and security cooperation to combat terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes, President Rodrigo Duterte said upon arrival from his two-day working visit in Japan.
“We will strive to make our waters free and open to our peoples so that they can enjoy our rich natural maritime resources,” President Duterte said.
The President conducted a summit meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on October 30.
Morover, President Duterte thanked Japan for reaffirming its commitment to the Philippines’ pursuit of a just and lasting peace in Mindanao.
He said Japan would be the nation’s partner in rebuilding Marawi as “the center of moderation and tolerance.”
He also said that he and the Japanese Prime Minister discussed the perils of a nuclear war and other incidentals, particularly on the miscalculation of the atomic threat to any of the neighboring countries, notably China, South Korea and the peripheral neighboring nations.
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