Defense, security among agendas in Duterte’s Israel, Jordan trip

Defense and security are among the agendas of President Rodrigo Duterte during his visits to Israel and Jordan from September 2 to 8. “I leave today for landmark visits that underscore our vision for our country – a responsible member of the world community – a Philippines that is a friend to all, an enemy to no one,” he said before his departure today at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

“Upon [the] invitation of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I shall undertake an Official Visit to Israel from September 2 to 5,” he said. “My schedule will be full. I shall seek to reaffirm the ties between our peoples made more significant by a meaningful shared history.”

“At the same time, I shall seek to have a robust relationship that looks forward to broader cooperation on a broad range of mutually important areas – defense and security, law enforcement, economic development, trade [and] investments and labor,” he added.

Moreover, he said his visit to Jordan from September 5 to 8 is upon invitation of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

“The agenda is promising, as I seek to renew relations with a country and people which have the common aspirations,” he said.

“Certainly, I look forward to discussing ways [of] advancing cooperation in the key areas of improving defense and security, sustaining growth, addressing transnational crime, intensifying trade and investments and enhancing labor cooperation,” he added.