By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo met with the ambassador of Israel who visited her at the Quezon City Reception House, where she holds office.
Rafael Harpaz, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Israel, paid Robredo a visit recently at the QCRH, where they discussed their countries’ bilateral relationship.
“Welcomed His Excellency Rafael Harpaz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to the Philippines, to our office and discussed with him the current state of Philippines-Israel relations,” she said in a Facebook post.
The Vice President said she and Harpaz talked about “possible areas of cooperation” between the two countries.
The ambassador’s visit was not opened for media coverage, but Robredo shared photos of their meeting with the ambassador on the social networking site.
In the photos, Robredo gave Harpaz a gift while they exchanged pleasantries.
Present during the meeting were Yulia Rachincky-Spivakov, deputy chief of mission of the Israel Embassy in the Philippines and Office of Vice President Undersecretary Boyet Dy.
Relations between Israel and the Philippines have tightened further with last year’s visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Holy Land. This was the first time a Philippine president visited Israel since full diplomatic relations were established in February 1958.
His historic trip resulted to US$82.9-million worth of investment and cooperation deals that were secured by the country from Israeli firms.
These covered investments in technology, military hardware, transportation and tourism.
Both countries have engaged in trade exports and imports, with products of electronics, industrial materials and machineries topping the list.