Manila, Costa Rica Agree to Boost Bilateral Ties

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Manila, Costa Rica Agree to Boost Bilateral Ties


UNITED NATIONS, New York City The Philippines and Costa Rica marked a new milestone in their relations with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that calls for regular consultations between both countries.

The "Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism between the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and the Ministry of External Relations and Culture of Costa Rica" was signed at the United Nations on Friday by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and his counterpart, Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar Faja.

The signing was witnessed by Ambassador Lauro L. Baja Jr., Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, and Ambassador Bernd Niehaus, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica, as well as diplomats from the permanent missions of both countries.

The agreement, the first to be entered into by both countries since formal relations were established in 1946, called for the holding of regular consultations between the two countries to further enhance relations and exchange views on important bilateral and international concerns.

"The bilateral consultation mechanism is an important step to reinvigorate relations between the Philippines and Costa Rica on various matters of mutual and beneficial concern," Romulo said. "This development further reaffirms Philippine foreign policy vis-a-vis revitalizing ties with countries in the Latin-American region. …

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