Aquino welcomes in Palace 8 non-resident envoys to Manila

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday received eight non-resident ambassadors to the Philippines in ceremonies at Malacañan Palace.

The ambassadors who presented their credentials included: Titi Amina Pardi of Suriname; Dr. Dibaba Abdetta of Ethiopia; Jacob Dickie Nkate of Botswana; Joaquim Alberto de Sousa Moreira de Lemos of Portugal; Khalid Abdelgadir Shukri of Sudan; Miles Kaweche Banda of Zambia; Leiataua Tuitolova'a Dr. Kilifoti Eteauati of Samoa; and Egidijus Meilunas of Lithuania.

In his address to the envoys, the President said he looks forward to strengthened ties between the Philippines and the nations they represent.

"The Philippines is entering another year in steady pursuit of the mission we collectively embarked on, three and half years ago. That mission is to strive to put an end to the vicious cycle of corruption and negativism, and to focus our resources and efforts in creating a true regime of opportunities for the Filipino people," he said.

He added the Philippines seeks to do this by fostering beneficial and meaningful relations with nations of goodwill, which he said is key to building a Philippines and a community of nations "where no one is left behind."

According to Aquino, a fundamental change in the Filipinos' attitude has been taking place since 2010, where they now reject cynicism and apathy and instead embrace cooperation and positive engagement.

The country faces this year with "a strengthened sense of solidarity among Filipinos, and between Filipinos and the wider community of nations," he added.

"We intend to build on this: by working hand-in-hand with your respective nations in advancing a rules-based global order, by addressing the threats of climate change as one global community, and by promoting greater understanding and stability in our respective regions. Let us do so not only through traditional partnerships, but also by enhancing cooperation in areas of shared interest and by deepening our engagements through more people-to-people exchanges. I am confident that this will redound to the growth and development of all our peoples," he said.

Also, the President invited the ambassadors to "experience the warmth of the Filipino people" and see for themselves that "indeed, our country works, and that indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines." (SDR/Sunnex)

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