Marcos eyes stronger ties with South American countries

Published September 28, 2022, 1:56 PM

by Betheena Unite

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is eyeing stronger ties with several countries in South America.

President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. meets the ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama on Sept. 27, 2022 in Malacañang. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the President)

During a meeting with several ambassadors to the Philippines on Sept. 27, Marcos expressed the country’s intention to work with them in various areas of cooperation.

He received in Malacañang the ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama.

“We thank the distinguished ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama for today’s visit to the Malacañang Palace,” Marcos said in a Facebook post.

“We look forward to strengthening ties and cooperation between our nations to realize the hopes and dreams of our people,” he added.

Foreign diplomates present in the courtesy call were Ambassador Ricardo Luis Bocalandro of Argentina, Ambassador Antonio Jose Maria de Souza e Silva of Brazil, Ambassador Claudio Alberto Rojas Rachel of Chile, Ambassador Marcela Ordoñez Fernandez of Colombia, and Ambassador Gerardo Lozano Arredondo of Mexico.

Meanwhile, the President is also looking forward to strengthen cooperation with Niue, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand and is one of the three states of the Realm of New Zealand.

This as both countries marked the historic establishment of their diplomatic relations on Sept. 17.

Marcos also signed a joint communiqué with Prime Minister Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi on the same day.

“We are optimistic that stronger cooperation between our countries will lead to a better future for our people,” Marcos said.

 
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