MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday hailed the landmark summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it is a positive step towards regional stability.
“This development, which has underscored in the strongest terms the value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue, augurs well for the peace, security and stability in the region and the world,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“History has indeed been written. At the same time, this is but the beginning of a process. The Philippines is ready and willing to lend its support toward bringing it to fruition.”
The Philippines has been backing the international community's calls for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday - an unprecedented encounter that saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags.
At the summit, Trump emphasized what North Korea has to gain by giving up its nuclear weapons and rejoining the international community - a subject he returned to on Twitter.
"There is no limit to what NoKo (North Korea) can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world. Chairman Kim has before him the opportunity to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security & prosperity for his citizens!" Trump wrote.
"I want to thank Chairman Kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people." - reports from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News and Agence France-Presse