MANILA - President Aquino welcomed eight nonresident ambassadors who paid a courtesy call at the Palace.
Addressing ambassadors from Suriname, Ethiopia, Portugal, Sudan, Zambia, Samoa, and Lithuania, Aquino asked for increased cooperation in the Philippines’ desire to push for a “rules-based global order,” address climate change, and promote regional stability.
“We intend to build on this: by working hand-in-hand with your respective nations in advancing a rules-based global order, by addressing the threats of climate change as one global community, and by promoting greater understanding and stability in our respective regions,” Aquino said.
“Let us do so not only through traditional partnerships, but also by enhancing cooperation in areas of shared interest and by deepening our engagements through more people-to-people exchanges.”
He also said the his administration is continuing efforts to “put an end to the vicious cycle of corruption and negativism” as it creates opportunities for the people.
Aquino was joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Chief of Presidential Protocol Ambassador Celia Ann Feria.