PH backs Myanmar's national reconciliation efforts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2017 08:44 PM

President Duterte gets a warm welcome from supporters upon his arrival at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on Sunday for a meeting with the Filipino community. Duterte is currently in Republic of the Union of Myanmar for an official visit. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo

The Philippines backed Myanmar's efforts at national reconciliation as both countries deal with restive regions in their borders.

While the Philippines is pursuing separate peace processes with communist and Muslim rebels back home, Myanmar is dealing with clashes between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist natives in the Rakhine State.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that during the bilateral meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, President Duterte expressed support for efforts to seek peace even as he guaranteed that the Philippines will help Myanmar in rice production technology.

Duterte said the Philippines puts a special premium in ASEAN alliance. 

The president of Myanmar, for his part, told Duterte that Myanmar is trying its best to achieve national reconciliation even as he expressed gratitude to the Philippines for its assistance since before. 

He also congratulated both parties for celebrating 60 years of bilateral relations.

The president of Myanmar also congratulated Duterte for his election win and congratulated the Philippines for a successful food exportation. 

Also discussed were requests transfer of technology, finance and management training, and capacity building.

He also invited investors and Philippine delegates or ministers to visit counterparts in Myanmar as well as the development of tour packages.

The President also met with state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with whom he discussed agricultural education and technological expertise Exchange. 

The two leaders agreed that an ASEAN consensus is a must, even as they also agreed to increase trade not just limited rice. 

They also discussed Educational Exchange and Suu Kyi's interested in pineapple fiber.