Marcos Meets Top Leaders of UK and Japan in US │ GMA News Online

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Thursday (PHL time) he had met with key officials from the United Kingdom and Japan, as well as other economic leaders, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Nations (UNGA) in New York. .

Among the personalities Marcos met with was former British Prime Minister Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, who is the current executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute For Global Change.

In a Facebook post, Marcos said he and Blair discussed the “optimistic peace process in the Bangsamaro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and discussed ways to address other priority issues in the global economy. such as food security, climate action and trade.”

Besides Blair, Marcos also met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, with whom he discussed strengthen cooperation in priority areas for its administration such as agriculture, energy, health and infrastructure.

Japanese Foreign Ministry press secretary Hikariko Ono said Kishida also mentioned at the meeting that “the international community must oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the South China Sea. eastern and southern, as well as economic coercion”.

Reporting on Unang Balita, GMA News’ Ivan Mayrina said Kishida also pledged to support Marcos’ goal of making the Philippines an upper-middle-income country by 2023.

During the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday (PHL time), Marcos expressed confidence that the Philippines could be a “moderately prosperous country” by 2040. He also reaffirmed that the country remains on track to achieve upper middle income status next year.

Additionally, Marcos said he also received World Bank President David Malpass. Further details on this have not yet been provided by Malacañang.

Along with his economics team, Marcos also met with US global food company Cargill at the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York.

Cargill provides agricultural products, agricultural services and risk management solutions in more than 70 countries and regions.

In a Facebook post, Marcos, who sits as agriculture secretary, said they were able to discuss how to achieve food security and self-sufficiency, and explored ways to increase the agricultural productivity in the Philippines.

During his address to the UNGA on Wednesday (PHL time), the Director General said there was a need to take concrete measures for a modern and resilient agriculture because food is not just a commodity or a means of subsistence.

He also said he looked forward to forging cooperation with the UN and other partners to boost agricultural productivity and food security, which are priorities of his administration.

Publicist Trixie Cruz-Angeles announced on Wednesday that Marcos is also due to meet US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the UNGA.

She said the “momentous event” would be an opportunity for the two leaders “to discuss the fruitful 76 years of the Philippines-US alliance in terms of mutual cooperation, bilateral trade, direct investment and other problems facing the world”. —KBK, GMA News

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