Defense, security partnership with Brazil important for PHL – Duterte

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“I welcome the delivery of six new A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts from Brazil last year. The partnership in defense and security is important for the Philippines,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the presentation of credentials of Brazil Ambassador to Philippines Antonio José Maria de Souza e Silva on February 10.

“Let us work together to intensify bilateral trade and investment exchanges during your tenure, especially in agriculture, biofuels, Business Process Outsourcing and logistics,” President Duterte added. “Let us also continue to work together to ensure universal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a principled position which we should continue to push and demand in all available fora.”

The new Brazilian envoy assured the President that “with my team in Manila, do the utmost to persevere and to strengthen our mutual relations.”

“Our common history in those 75 years has brought about many opportunities and many field of cooperation. We go from agriculture to new sources of energy; we go from science and technology to trade and investments; and from tourism to political — mutual political dialogue,” he said.