• British FM arrives in PH

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    British Foreign Secretary William Hague will be undertaking an official visit to the Philippines this week, the British Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday.

    He took up a personal invitation from Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.

    Hague said judging from the overwhelming response of the international community in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, it is obvious the country enjoys much support from its “friends.”

    “I am determined that the UK will continue to be one of them; a friend in times of need, and a long term partner in prosperity helping build trade and investment, increasingly working together abroad to ensure that the values we share can be enjoyed by many more around the world,” Hague said in a statement.

    The official also expressed his “delight” that he will be arriving in Manila a few days after the successful conclusion of negotiations on a comprehensive peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

    Hague said he wants “to welcome this significant step and meet some of those involved.”

    The British official is here as part of a two-country visit, which also includes a visit to Indonesia.

    During his one-day visit to the Philippines, the Foreign Secretary will call on President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario.

    He will also deliver a major speech on the UK relationship with Asia, including his views on how the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region should evolve to meet the challenges of the Asian century. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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