International Convention Centre, Brunei Darussalam
9 October 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III held his first bilateral meeting in the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In brief remarks, the Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to President Aquino for being a gracious host during his visit to the Philippines last July 26-27, 2013. He is also looking forward to the President’s attendance at the Commemorative Summit to mark the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations this December 2013, saying that this will complete the mutual visit of both leaders to their respective countries.

Moreover, Prime Minister Abe expressed confidence that bilateral relations will further develop in the coming years.

For his part, President Aquino stressed that the ties and friendship between the Philippines and Japan are strong, noting that the latter is the top source of Official Development Assistance to the country.

Likewise, the President said that he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Japan before the year ends.

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