European Union Vows RP Support; EU President Reaffirms Commitment to Help Mindanao Dev't

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European Union Vows RP Support; EU President Reaffirms Commitment to Help Mindanao Dev't


Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN

Romulo & Asselborn talk in Kyoto

The Philippines and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitments to support each others development programs, including those on the promotion of trade and tourism, the countrys continuing search for peace in Mindanao and local efforts to achieve energy self-sufficiency through the development and use of renewable sources of energy.

At the ongoing 7th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Foreign Ministers in Kyoto, Japan, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo and EU President and Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn reaffirmed their commitments to enhance the emerging close ties between the Philippines and the EU.

"I briefed Foreign Minister Asselborn on the recent development on our peace processes and he expressed full support for our efforts and said that the European Union was committed to our success and that the EU would continue to provide development assistance, particular in Mindanao," Romulo said after his meeting with Asselborn. The EU is a major financial supporter of development projects in Mindanao.

The Philippines has also secured the commitment of the EU to support its initiative in the United Nations for a more effective use of inter- faith dialogues to avoid global conflicts.

"Promoting inter-faith dialogue has been a major policy of the Philippine government and was a major point of advocacy for President Arroyo at the last ASEM Summit which was held in Hanoi last year. …

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