Republic of Korea’s new Ambassador to the Philippines renders an Introductory Call on SND

August 18, 2023

August 17, 2023 (Quezon City) – H.E. Lee Sang-hwa, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the Philippines, rendered an introductory call on Secretary of National Defense (SND) Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr.

The two officials discussed the anticipated state visit to the Philippines of ROK President Yoon Suk Yeol, which will be an occasion for our two countries to reaffirm our commitment to strengthen our longstanding relations and further explore ways of building shared opportunities. The high-level visit will take place in time for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Philippines-ROK diplomatic relations.

Noting the enduring friendship and cooperation between our two countries across various field and concerns, Secretary Teodoro conveyed his deep appreciation for the ROK’s assistance to the Philippines in addressing issues such as internal security, natural calamities, and capacity-building. The Secretary also recognized the opportunity to diversify defense cooperation with the ROK, which has been among the Philippines’ largest partners in terms of defense materiel and logistics.

Both sides noted the high influx of tourists and investors from the ROK, who seek to explore areas of Mindanao. Recalling the declaration of the Davao Region (Region 11) as “insurgency-free”, Secretary Teodoro shared with the Ambassador Lee that he sought to further expand this status of a secure tourism and investment-ready destination across the whole of Mindanao.

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