Japan PM Abe to visit PH, may join Duterte for breakfast in Davao home

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his home in Davao City amid the last's two-day visit to the Philippines this week, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

PM Abe will arrive this coming Thursday, January 12 in Manila. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said that the visit is to aimed a strong bond for two countries

After a bilateral meeting in Malacanang with Duterte in the afternoon, Abe will fly to Davao at 9 p.m. “to continue bilateral engagements” there, Yasay told a press conference.

The breakfast meeting is expected to take place on Friday.

“We are looking at the possibility that they may have breakfast at the President’s house in Davao just to dramatize to you how much we value this friendship with Japan. And we will continue to nurture it and treasure it for our mutual benefit,” Yasay said.

Abe’s Philippine visit, Yasay said, is an offshoot of an invitation extended by Duterte when he went to Japan for a state visit last October.

“Japan is one of our strongest friend and ally and partner in this part of the world and we value this friendship,” Yasay said.

During his trip, Abe will be accompanied by his wife and a delegation of Japanese businessmen. He will witness the signing of several agreements with the Philippine government.

Among the accords that will be signed are on agriculture cooperation, financing of agriculture-related small and medium enterprises, and security and infrastructure cooperation.

Japan, he added, has also expressed its commitment help the Duterte administration’s fight against the illegal drugs menace by providing for the construction of rehabilitation centers in the country.

Source: GMA, Manila Times

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