Duterte welcomes seven new ambassadors

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a message following his acceptance of the credentials of one of the resident Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary-designate to the Philippines during the virtual presentation of credentials at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on December 2, 2020.

Among the ambassadors who have presented their credentials were from the Republic of India, Republic of Chile, Hungary, Russian Federation, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Finland, and Arab Republic of Egypt.

Seven newly designated ambassadors to the Philippines presented their credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday with the Philippine leader expressing hope for a stronger cooperation with the countries they represent in areas of trade, education, counter-terrorism and healthcare.

Among those who virtually presented their credentials to the President include Ambassadors Shambhu Santha Kumaran, Republic of India;

Claudio Alberto Rojas Rachel, Republic of Chile;

Dr. Titanilla Tóth, Hungary;

Marat Ignatyevich Pavlov, Russian Federation;

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi, Islamic Republic of Pakistan;

Juha Markus Pyykkö, Republic of Finland;

and Ahmed Shehabeldin Ibrahim Abdullah, Arab Republic of Egypt.

In accepting the letter of credence of Russian Ambassador Marat Ignatyevich Pavlov, President Duterte, speaking from Malago Club House, said the Philippines considers Russia a good friend and partner having strengthened cooperation over the years in defense and security, health, science and technology, and economy.

“We aim for an even more robust and deeper cooperation in the coming years,” he told the Russian envoy.

“We thank Russia for its offer to supply Sputnik V and share its technology on vaccine production with the Philippines.”

President Duterte reiterated his invitation for President Vladimir Putin to visit the Philippines, as soon as circumstances will allow, as the two countries mark their 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year.

Responding to the message of Indian Ambassador Shambhu Kumaran, President Duterte said the Indian-Philippine relation was driven by synergies between his administration’s Independent Foreign Policy and India’s Act East Policy.

He said he looks forward this year to honoring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who invited him to visit India, even as they plan for a virtual summit.

“The Philippines is committed to further enhance cooperation with India in defense, security, trade and investments, and in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic,” the President told the Indian ambassador.

Dr. Titanilla Tóth of Hungary said she would exert her efforts to strengthen relations between the Philippines and Hungary and enhance mutual beneficial cooperation in trade, water management, education and cultural activities.

In his response, the President thanked Hungary for supporting the Philippines in the multilateral fora in line with his government’s policy of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries.

He also welcomed Hungary’s financial cooperation proposal to facilitate expanded collaboration on water management and other areas.

At the same time, he expressed his gratitude to Hungary’s scholarship program for Filipino students pursuing advanced degrees noting the endeavor will help foster amity and mutual appreciation between the two countries. (PND)