Marcos invited by Macron to visit France: envoy

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2023 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2023 07:21 PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. before boarding a Philippine Airlines flight bound for China at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Jan. 3, 2023. Alfred Frias, PNA
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. before boarding a Philippine Airlines flight bound for China at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Jan. 3, 2023. Alfred Frias, PNA

MANILA (UPDATE) — French President Emmanuel Macron invited Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to go on a state visit to France, an ambassador said on Friday. 

French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz said she conveyed to Malacañang the letter of invitation from Macron. 

The two sides are working on the specific dates of the visit which is being eyed “between now and June”, as well as the program and deliverables of the visit, Boccoz told reporters. 

The late President Corazon Aquino was the last Philippine leader to go on a state visit to France in 1989, noted the ambassador. 

“This is a very important step for us and we are working closely with the Philippine authorities in preparing for the visit," said the envoy. 

Marcos and Macron met on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last November. 

They previously discussed the maritime and security sector, food security, energy, and climate change, Boccoz said. 

 Marcos has embarked on at least 8 foreign trips in his first 7 months in office. 

The President last week said he would reduce his overseas trips as he needs to "consolidate" investment pledges from his previous trips, which he said would help boost the economy. 

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Meanwhile, France and Germany said they are considering to conduct trilateral exercises at sea with the armed forces of their partner countries in the Indo-Pacific to promote rules-based international order in the region.

France's Boccoz and German Ambassador to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel told reporters that their countries have launched a joint exercise in the Indo-Pacific. 

Boccoz said the move will show the two countries' "willingness and ability to support the rule of law-based international order in this important region.”