South Korea, PHL to tackle national defense, defense industry

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Rodrigo Duterte will be discussing collaboration on national defense and the defense industry among others, the office of South Korean President said today.

President Moon will be holding a summit meeting on June 4 with President Duterte who will embark on a South Korean trip on June 3 to 5.

“At the summit, the two Presidents are expected to have in-depth discussions on ways to deepen friendly and cooperative relations between the two nations as well as to enhance substantive collaboration in various areas, including trade, investment, infrastructure, national defense and the defense industry, agriculture, development cooperation and cultural and people-to-people exchanges,” the office of Moon said.

According to the South Korean government the Philippines and the Republic of Korea established diplomatic ties in 1949 shortly after the establishment of the Korean Government, making it the first ASEAN member state to do so.

“It made noble sacrifices during the Korean War to safeguard freedom and democracy and has maintained traditionally friendly relations with Korea,” it added.

“One of the Korean Government’s priorities is expanding cooperation with ASEAN nations as part of the New Southern Policy. The promotion of the Policy is expected to accelerate with the visit by the Philippine President, following President Moon’s visit to Vietnam in March,” it said.