Aquino invites Indonesia, Peru leaders to visit Manila-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has invited Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Peru President Ollanta Humala to visit the Philippines.
Aquino told reporters who joined him in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Indonesia Monday night that he invited the two leaders during his talk to them at the sidelines of the summit.
The Chief Executive said he thanked Yudhoyono for his country’s long-term relations with the Philippines and their commitment to help in the review process of the Philippine government's 1996 peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front.
"Again, they have been a very constant friend. I can even attest to the fact that Indonesia as a people, during my mother’s time was already helping us address the issue with MNLF," he said.
“So imagine how many decades have passed and they are still here. They haven’t gotten tired of helping us and they have, in fact, reiterated their desire to continue helping us as far as that aspect is concerned,” he added.
Aquino said Yudhoyono expressed his desire to visit Manila next year.
The President also invited Peru President Ollanta Humala, whom he shared the stage as panelists during the APEC CEO Summit’s forum on inclusive growth last Sunday.
"I invited him for a visit. I think we have established a very deep relationship with them. Parehong pinagdaanan iyong fight against communist insurgents, iyong rightist government, iyong emerging economy, iyong addressing inclusiveness," he said.
He added that he shared some insights to the Peru leader regarding promoting tourism in the Philippines.
"Sabi niya: 'We want to improve our tourism. So, pinakita ko sa kanya 'yung 'It's more fun in the Philippines.' Sabi niya we do three million (visitors) a year, sabi ko that’s what we started out with, three million, but we are now between five and six million for this year. We are targeting 10 (million)," Aquino said.
The President also had a brief talk with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who has been so much open in hosting some 25,000 to 30,000 Filipinos in their country.
"Si Prime Minister [Peter] O’Neill naman ng Papua New Guinea told me that there are between 25,000 to 30,000 Filipinos already in Papua New Guinea in various businesses helping them out from finance, to real estate, to agriculture. Sabi niya for them, very significant na raw iyong 25,000, 30,000 na expatriates dahil mas maliit silang bansa sa atin," he related.
"So, again, we have somebody that we can…Who's already helping us in terms of our fishing industry, who is very friendly and we want to cultivate this for the benefit of our people as well as their people," the President added. (SDR/Sunnex)