Marcos, Wickremesinghe vow to boost PH-Sri Lanka ties, discuss regional cooperation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe tackled regional cooperation and vowed to boost bilateral ties during their meeting in Manila on Thursday.

In a statement, Sri Lanka's Presidential Media Division said the two leaders discussed "new approaches" on how to further strengthen the countries' relations.

"President Wickremesinghe said that the long-standing friendship between Sri Lanka and the Philippines would be promoted by developing Asian regional cooperation," it noted.

Marcos said separately that they also touched on the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference, and explored the idea of establishing a regulatory body for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

"We both believe this will be beneficial to all ASEAN members," Marcos wrote on social media.

RCEP is touted to make it easier for member states to import and export across the region. It includes the 10 members of the ASEAN, as well as China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand.