Duterte receives credentials of new foreign envoys; gets invited to Malawi

Published August 21, 2019, 11:18 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte received on Tuesday the credentials of the new ambassadors of Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia, Georgia, Estonia, and Malawi to the country in Malacañan, including an invitation to visit Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa.

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Duterte received the credentials of new Swiss Ambassador Alain Gaschen who, according to Malacañang, commended the President for his achievements in the Bangsamoro peace process.

Gaschen also reiterated Switzerland’s full commitment to further support the peace process in Mindanao.

The new envoy also noted that the Switzerland-Philippine relations are becoming stronger, particularly in the economic field, and that Swiss companies contribute to impressive growth, innovation, and inclusive environment in the Philippines.

German Ambassador Anke Reiffenstuel described the German-Philippine relations as “rich,” saying these cover a broad range of issues including cooperation in environment and climate-related matters, healthcare, culture and education, bilateral trade, business, and economic cooperation.

“We also hope to be able to contribute to the ongoing transition process and stabilization of all of Mindanao,” she told Duterte, noting that the progress on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region was encouraging.

Reiffenstuel also said that she was looking forward to further enhancing the ties between the two countries, hoping that relations would flourish in the coming years.

Malaysian Ambassador Norman Bin Muhamad also vowed to work with the Duterte government for the development of the two countries.

Malawi’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Grenenger Kidney Msulira Banda, conveyed the invitation of the leader of Malawi for President Duterte to visit the African country.

“I would like to also bring the message from my Head of State that is personally inviting you to Malawi should you have any opportunities. Either you go to Malawi or he comes to the Philippines,” he said.

Malacañang said three non-resident ambassadors also had an audience with President Duterte and presented their diplomatic credentials.

In receiving Georgian ambassador Irakli Asashvili, President Duterte expressed hope that the 27-year diplomatic ties between the two countries would get even stronger in the years to come.

To Estonia’s ambassador to the Philippines Väino Reinart, Duterte said both countries have been enjoying almost three decades of excellent relationship.

“We hope to build a more vibrant and more enhanced relationship in the years to come, especially in matters of cybersecurity and where your country is very good. I’m honored to accept you today,” the President told the new Estonian envoy.

President Duterte also met with Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh of Saudi Arabia who arrived in the country for a parliamentary visit. He is the president of the Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Council) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.