PH-India relations ‘face good days ahead’: President Kovind

Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2019 01:56 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind raise each other’s hands after attending a joint press conference in Malacanang Palace in Manila on October 18, 2019. The 74-year-old Indian leader, who arrived in Manila on Thursday, will have a bilateral meeting with Duterte and will witness the signing of agreements covering trade, and cultural and people-to-people engagement. Ted Alljibe, AFP

MANILA - Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said he believes good days are ahead for the relationship between his country and the Philippines.

During his speech at the Philippines-India Business Conclave held in Makati, Kovind said both countries have common directions.

"Potential for countries' relationships is significant. Both are among the fastest growing economies, both are invested in new technologies, innovation and startups," Kovind said.

Kovind and President Rodrigo Duterte signed at least 4 bilateral agreements during their talks on Oct. 18.

After the Philippines-India business summit, he met beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation, a foundation that provides prosthetic legs designed by Indian sculptor Ram Chander Sharma.

He will meet with the Indian community in Taguig City before flying back home.

Kovind is the third Indian president to visit the Philippines since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries in 1949. The last was Abdul Kalam in 2006.