Kishida, Marcos Jr. Hold First In-Person Summit Meeting in New York

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. agreed Wednesday to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries during their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

According to the Foreign Ministry of Japan, Kishida told Marcos Jr. that the Japanese government is willing to strengthen cooperation with the Philippine government in fields such as agriculture, energy, health and infrastructure.

The ministry added that the two leaders vowed to expand security cooperation between Japan and the Philippines.

Kishida and Marcos Jr. also exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the situation in the East and South China Seas, economic coercion and the condition in Ukraine.

They also discussed means to strengthen the functions of the United Nations, including the reform of the UN Security Council.

The two leaders concurred to continue coordination in making arrangements for an early visit to Japan by Marcos Jr. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan)