Philippines, Saudi Arabia sign agreement on labor, foreign relations

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2017 02:23 AM | Updated as of Apr 12 2017 03:27 AM

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Duterte is on his first stop of a three-nation, weeklong tour of the Middle East. Bandar Algaloud, Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Reuters

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Rodrigo Duterte met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at Rawdhat Khuraim. The president was also received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, governor of Riyadh region.

After a welcome ceremony, Duterte and the Saudi monarch continued their talk at a luncheon banquet together with the president's delegation and Saudi princes, ministers and senior officials.

In the meeting, bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation were discussed. 

A labor agreement between Saudi's Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Department of Labor and Employment was signed by Minister Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis on behalf of the kingdom and Enrique Manalo, acting secretary of foreign affairs. 

A memorandum of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs, as well as a cooperation program between Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines, were signed by Manalo and Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs