Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and British Foreign Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Dominic Raab spoke over the phone to discuss the prospects of enhanced cooperation in time for the celebration of this year’s 75th anniversary of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Locsin was supposed to visit London this month upon the invitation of the UK government, according to a media readout issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs over the weekend.
The phone conversation was ahead of the arrival of the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Philippine Sea in August for the biggest multilateral military exercise with the United States and other major allies in the Indo-Pacific region.
In their phone conversation, Locsin and Saab exchanged views on regional developments including the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt and its future relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Both foreign ministers called for greater efforts to boost partnership in areas such as trade and investment, defense, climate change and consular affairs.
According to a media readout released by the DFA, Locsin proposed to his counterpart expanded cooperation on law enforcement capacity building.
He also discussed the development of a digital yellow card for seafarers by members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and called for the UK’s overdue review and reconsideration of lifting its travel ban on the Philippines.
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