Chile president arrives in Manila for Apec Summit

CHILE's President Michelle Bachelet arrived in Manila Sunday afternoon ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders' Summit on November 18-19.

It is also the Chilean leader's first state visit to the Philippines.

Aboard a military aircraft, Bachelet, Chile’s first woman president, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City at 1:24 p.m.




She was welcomed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Philippine Ambassador to Chile Consuelo Puyat Reyes, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, and Foreign Affairs Chief Protocal Maria Aileen Bugarin.

Bachelet and President Benigno Aquino III will discuss major bilateral issues, which include trade and investments as both sides are expected to sign a framework agreement leading to negotiations for a free trade accord between the two countries.

Besides Chile and the Philippines, other Apec members include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. (PNA/Keith Calayag/Sunnex)
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