Closer Relations between RP, Venezuela
Byline: Dr. Alberto G. Romulo Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Toast remarks on the signing of the Memoranda of Agreement on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism and on the cooperation between the diplomatic institutes of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Venezuelan Ministry of External Relations, September 1, 2005, Office of the Secretary, DFA.)
VICE-Foreign Minister Dr. William Izarra of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela;
Distance has never been an impediment to genuine friendship. If at all, distance serves as an impetus for even warmer relations between two friends.
That is why I am very pleased to welcome to the Philippines our friends Dr. William Izarra, the members of his delegation and the newly arrived officers of the Venezuelan Embassy, Senores Manuel Vicente Perez Iturbe and Jorge Delgado, who will be at the helm of the Venezuelan post in Manila for the next two or three years.
Your presence is significant as it articulates the desire and commitment of both the Philippines and Venezuela to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation formally established in August 27, 1968.
Exactly 37 years and five days since that auspicious occasion, our countries continue to enjoy flourishing bilateral relations.
I wish to note that Venezuela is the Philippines' 5th leading partner in South America in terms of trade, with Philippine exports surging from US$ 1.6 million in 2003 to nearly US$ 38 million in 2004. We, of course, look forward to the further intensification of Philippine-Venezuela trade relations as we seek more opportunities for collaboration. Of particular interest to the Philippines is exploring with Venezuela possible partnerships in both energy and power.
The Philippines and Venezuela also continue to work together to achieve our shared vision of a more stable and progressive world in various political multilateral fora. We recognize Venezuela as a strong and resonant voice for the developing world in the United Nations and other international organizations.
We support Venezuela's continued expression of its vision of equitable global development. …