President Duterte receives honorary doctorate from Moscow State Institute of International Relations

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President Rodrigo Duterte received his honorary doctorate degree in foreign diplomacy conferred by Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) October 5 in Moscow, Russia.

Philippine Ambassador to the Russian Federation Carlos D. Sorreta photo

President Duterte is currently in Russia for official visit. He already met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He also delivered a speech at the Forum of the Valdai International Discussion Club “World order seen from the East”.

“If we pursue genuine cooperation, we need [not] choose between sustaining development and protecting [the] environment, Between promoting diversity and maintaining national identities, Or between upholding human rights and preserving local social order. Balancing these seemingly contradictory goals is the fundamental challenge of our time,” President Duterte said at the forum.

“In this context, our United Nations must step up and reinvigorate global efforts toward creative solutions commensurate to the complexity of our [common] problems. But it must do [so] while upholding the principles and ideals – that all nations – and not only individuals – hold dear,” he added.

Russian President Putin announced at the Valdai International Discussion Club on October 3 that President Duterte and King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein are receiving honorary degrees from MGIMO.