15 October 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak as he arrived in Malacañan Palace to begin his official visit to the Philippines. The Prime Minister is accompanied by his spouse, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.
A welcome ceremony was accorded to the Malaysian Prime Minister by the Honor Guards of the Presidential Security Group and a 19-gun salute was rendered during the playing of the two countries’ National Anthems.
The visiting leader was then invited by President Aquino to sign the guest book and a meeting between the two leaders ensued. This was followed by a bilateral meeting with the Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries of both countries.
A luncheon was also hosted for the Malaysian leader at Kalayaan Hall. Before offering a toast, President Aquino conveyed his deepest gratitude to Prime Minister Najib for his unwavering support and assistance in the Philippines’ desire for peace despite considerable risk to himself. This, according to the President, is “emblematic of true public service – of true leadership.”
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