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Japanese PM Abe arrives in PH

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By MB Online

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived on Thursday, January 12 for a two-day official visit to the Philippines.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. (Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
(Ali Vicoy) | mb.com.ph

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.

Read more: President Duterte, PM Abe to sign trade, security deals

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