Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday recognized the relationship between his country and the Philippines, which he said has become closer through the years.
“In recent years, the cooperation between Japan and the Philippines has become ever closer. We are most happy to have welcomed President Aquino last June as a state guest of Japan; and here I am in the Philippines less than six months since.
“These mutual visits (will) surely further reinforce the bond between our two nations,” he said in a statement during a joint press conference following his bilateral meeting with President Benigno Aquino 3rd at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.
The Japanese leader said that during his meeting with President Aquino, they reaffirmed the progress of their bilateral ties on defense, infrastructure development, agribusiness and social security.
Meanwhile, he said the scheduled visit to the Philippines of the Japanese Emperor and Empress early next year “will be an auspicious event to mark the opening of a series of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between our two nations.”
“We look very much forward to cooperating closely with the Philippines to make Their Majesties’ visit a great success. It will be a gesture of new impetus for our friendship and I look forward to working further with the Philippines to make further contributions to the stability and prosperity of the region and of the world,” Abe added.