Music Room, Malacañan Palace
August 25, 2022

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. received Her Excellency Artemiz Sümer, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to the Philippines, in a farewell call at the Music Room in Malacañan Palace.

The Chief Executive conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu (Grand Cross) Silver Distinction to Ambassador Sümer. This is the highest diplomatic merit that the Republic of the Philippines awards to “diplomats, officials and nationals of foreign states who rendered exceptional service in fostering, developing and strengthening relations between their country and the Philippines.”

The Republic of Türkiye is one of the nations actively participating in the peace process towards ending the conflict between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Mindanao-based groups — the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — as Chairman of the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) since its establishment in 2014.

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