South Korea President Moon Jae-in welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte and his delegation in Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), Seoul, South Korea on June 4. Prior to the meeting President Duterte paid his respects at the Hyeonchungtap Memorial Tower at Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu District.
“During the Korean War, we fought side by side in defense of freedom and democracy. That is a legacy that must be remembered and continuously reaffirm,” Duterte said in his opening remarks at the bilateral meeting with Moon.
“I am eager to work closely with you in writing a new chapter of a shared history of cooperation. Friendship and partnership between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea,” President Duterte said.
South Korean President Moon said it is very meaningful that they were able to have discussions and reaffirm friendship and trust.
“The Republic of Korea and the Philippines laid the foundations for solid friendship through the Korean War. On this platform, we have been making remarkable progress for the past 70 years, in every field including politics, economy, culture, and people-to-people exchanges,” Moon said.
Moon said Korea is the fifth largest trade partner of Philippines with bilateral trade volume reaching 14.3 billion dollars in 2017.
“People-to-people exchanges continue to expand as well, so much so that nowadays Koreans are the most frequent visitors to the Philippines,” he said. “Nevertheless, I believe there is still enough potential to significantly develop our trade, investment, and people-to-people exchanges.”