PNoy invites Malaysia PM for Bangsamoro pact signing

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2014 08:43 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 04:43 AM

KUALA LUMPUR - President Benigno Aquino has invited Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to come to the Philippines for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at the end of March this year.

Malaysia facilitated the peace talks between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“The successful conclusion of the Mindanao peace process finds root in the determination of both our peoples to strengthen the foundations of peace and justice,” the President said in his press statement after his meeting with the Malaysian leader.

“This makes possible the empowerment of all the peoples of Mindanao, I look forward to welcoming Your Excellency in Manila for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro,” he added.

The President also said he believes Malaysia is a reliable partner in pursuing the vision of a peaceful Mindanao, and the Asian neighbor can further contribute to the development of Mindanao by encouraging its businessmen to invest in southern Philippines.

Aquino invited Malaysian businesses to work with Philippine companies to develop the local palm oil industry, among other sub-industries in agriculture.

“This is an area that aims to open more doors of opportunity for growth for both our peoples,” he said.

The President also expressed his gratitude to the people of Malaysia for helping the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Yolanda that devastated the country late last year.

Aquino said he is looking forward to seeing Najib in the 8th Philippines-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting that will take place this year.

The meeting serves as an important opportunity for the two countries to deepen their engagement by discussing bilateral relations and examining the progress of initiatives they have launched.

The President also announced the signing of agreements on cultural and education cooperation between Manila and Kuala Lumpur.