By MB Online
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived on Thursday, January 12 for a two-day official visit to the Philippines.
The prime minister’s plane, Japan Air Force 001, arrived at Villamor Air Base at around 2:44 p.m. He is accompanied by wife Akie and a delegation of Japanese businessmen.
The prime minister is in the country for what President Rodrigo Duterte calls a “friendly visit” and a “show of solidarity.”
The two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including counter-terrorism, assistance to the country’s drug rehabilitation efforts, infrastructure and development projects, and maritime cooperation.
Abe will join Duterte for a joint press briefing at Malacañang at 4:30 p.m.
Abe and Duterte are expected to sign a number of agreements on agriculture-related SMEs, security and infrastructure, foreign affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay disclosed.
Duterte will also host a dinner for the visiting Japanese delegation at the palace before he flies to Davao to visit Duterte’s home.
He is the first foreign leader to visit the country under Duterte.