More diplomats pay courtesy visit to President-elect Marcos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 6) — Envoys from Brunei Darussalam and Italy visited President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday, adding to the growing list of diplomats who have met with the country’s incoming chief executive.

“Today, we received Ambassador Johariah Wahab of Brunei Darussalam and had a meaningful dialogue on labour, education, health, and culture,” said Marcos in his social media accounts.

Marcos added that they look forward to further strengthening the over 30 years of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Brunei. The two countries are both part of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN.

Wahab, who is also Dean of ASEAN Ambassadors, led the ff. to a meeting with Marcos:

- Charge D' Affaires Thawat Sumitmo, Thailand

- Ambassador Songkane Luangmuninthone, Lao People's Democratic Republic

- Ambassador Agus Widjojo, Indonesia

- Ambassador Phan Peuv, Cambodia

- Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung, Vietnam

- Ambassador Gerard Ho, Singapore

"One of the areas for cooperation discussed was the Covid19 response, including an exchange of strategies in the economic and health sectors geared towards post-pandemic recovery, which had been one of the priorities Marcos mentioned in his campaign," said his camp in a statement.

Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente also met with the next Philippine president, as seen in a series of video stories posted in both Marcos’ Instagram and Facebook profiles.

“We explored together possible future initiatives to further strengthen the already excellent bilateral relations,” the Italian Embassy in Manila said on Twitter.

Trixie Cruz-Angeles, Marcos’ press secretary-designate, said in a separate briefing that incoming Philippine leader and Clemente discussed “possible cooperation” in infrastructure projects and learnings on COVID-19 pandemic response and economic reopening.

2022 marks the 75th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Italy, Cruz-Angeles added.

"Marcos and the ambassadors also agreed to expand diplomatic relations, not only government to government, but also through corporate and the private sector," his camp further stated.

Last week, Marcos met with ambassadors from Singapore, United Kingdom, France, and the European Union in separate courtesy calls. 

Marcos will formally take office as president on June 30.