Marcos, Japan PM Kishida vow to boost ties in recent phone call

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20)— Philippines’ presumptive next president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed to strengthen bilateral ties during a phone conversation on Friday, according to the Japanese Embassy.

The two had a 15-minute call, where they discussed various areas for cooperation including on the economic sector, the embassy said in a statement.

“[PM] Kishida expressed his resolve to continue cooperation on the economic front such as infrastructure development including railways and Subic Bay development, as well as in the security and coast guard law enforcement fields, through the High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation and the Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”),” the embassy noted.

The two also “exchanged views on regional affairs” and agreed to hold a face-to-face meeting “as early as possible,” it added.

In a series of tweets on the same day, Marcos thanked Kishida for the phone call and vowed to increase Philippine-Japan engagements “in every aspect."

Kishida joins other world leaders who have sent congratulatory messages and reached out to Marcos — who is poised for a landslide victory in the presidential race based on the Commission on Elections’ unofficial count.