British want in on PH growth

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd welcomes William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom on Thursday. MALACANANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd welcomes William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom on Thursday. MALACANANG PHOTO

The British government wants to be a part of the Philippines’ “success story” in the Asia Pacific region through cooperation in trade, investment, education, security, tourism and the peace process in Mindanao, British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Thursday.

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Hague also reiterated the British government’s commitment to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

“The United Kingdom government is set on building an even stronger relationship with the government and the people of the Philippines . . . [through]optimism, dynamic, based on trust and founded on common values,” Hague said in a joint press conference with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

The British official believed that the Philippines can be a “great success story” in the Asia Pacific region.

The official has a vision for Britain to play a crucial partner of Asian countries in commerce, science and technology, education, foreign policy and development.

Hague said he and del Rosario discussed a wide range of foreign policy issues in the region, although he did not say what these issues are.

“[Prosperity] in Asia Pacific will only be achieved in the long term if countries will remain competitive,” he added.

He also noted the importance of following the rule of law in terms of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, Hague shared that the British people were “deeply humbled by the fortitude you demonstrated after Typhoon Yolanda.”

The British government have provided P12 billion to support relief efforts.

This same fortitude, Hague said, will also play a role “as you rebuild and emerge stronger in the future.”

The United Kingdom is the biggest contribution of humanitarian assistance and also one of the major deployers of military resources.

Hague met with President Benigno Aquino 3rd also on Thursday where he had a chance to congratulate him on the signing of the Annex on Normalization in Kuala Lumpur last week.

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