Malacañan Palace
September 8, 2023

“The Philippines and Australia share a long history of cooperation and friendship, and it is fitting that we gather here today to commemorate the elevation of our relations from a Comprehensive Partnership to a Strategic Partnership,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. conveyed as he witnessed the exchange of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the Philippines and Australia that are geared towards enhancing bilateral ties, particularly in people-to-people exchanges and science and technology.

The President made these remarks during his joint press statement with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

He and the Australian leader earlier signed the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership, to which, President Marcos Jr. underscored that this shows the commitment of both nations to deepen collaborations across a spectrum of areas, which are considered vital in growth and prosperity.

“The agreements signed and witnessed today symbolize our joint determination to enhance our cooperation across various domains. From development to cultural exchanges, these agreements represent a tangible commitment to work together for the betterment of our two nations,” he said.

Moreover, the Chief Executive reiterated the wide range of topics he discussed with Prime Minister Albanese covering defense and security cooperation, economic and trade relations, as well as maritime affairs that are crucial part in attaining regional stability and prosperity.

“Both the Prime Minister and I acknowledged that our shared values, democratic principles and mutual respect for international law have been instrumental in fostering a strong partnership,” he added, noting that they also recognized the importance of a stable and secure environment that contributes to greater global good.

“I am confident that these partnerships will drive innovation, create opportunities and foster deeper understanding between our peoples,” the President concluded.