Duterte meets Palau leader Remengesau

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 03:15 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Albert Alcain, Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday met with Palau’s President Tommy Remengesau, as the two Pacific nations seek to improve cooperation in various fields.

Remengesau thanked the Philippines for being “very instrumental” in the economic development of Palau, where 60 percent of the expatriate population are Filipinos.

Duterte and Remengesau "reaffirmed the importance of the friendship between the Philippines and Palau, citing cultural ties, similar histories and shared challenges," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The two leaders committed to enhance and expand cooperation in education, maritime security, agriculture and aquaculture, counternarcotics, connectivity, medical tourism and trade and investments.

The two leaders looked forward to an exchange of formal visits, Roque said.

A news release by the Presidential News Desk said Duterte also expressed interest in providing scholarships for Palau citizens in Philippine colleges and universities, particularly in medicine.