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Duterte would welcome Trump 'in the most righteous way'

01 November 2017

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to work together on steps to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile development, ahead of the US leader's visit to Asia, the Japanese government said late on Monday.

The two countries' governments agreed Monday on Japan's ¥15.9 billion loans to the Philippines as part of a program announced by Abe during his visit to the Southeast Asian country in January to offer public-private economic cooperation worth about ¥1 trillion.

"Foremost among our shared concern are developments [on] the Korean peninsula and the continuing missile launch tests of North Korea", Duterte said.

Within 12 hours of being assured a big win in the Oct 22 general election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on the phone with United States President Donald Trump.

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At a joint press conference after the bilateral summit, Abe said he and Duterte confirmed that Japan and the Philippines will work together for an early solution to North Korea's nuclear and missile development, and its abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals, and for realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

It was his second visit to Japan, which occupied the Philippines for three years during World War II.

"I am very happy with Japan's commitment to help Marawi", Ejercito said, adding: "With their pledge to undertake subway project for Metro Manila, it is like a dream come true for me".

During the first visit of President Duterte in Tokyo past year, the Philippines and Japan signed financial deals reaching USD19 billion. "They will be our partner once again in rebuilding Marawi as the center of moderation and tolerance", he added.

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"I will skip two pages of my prepared speech and go to the last page because I am hungry", the President said, drawing laughter from his audience.

"It is a friendship that is held dearly and valued so much more than words can describe", Duterte said.

In addition, Lopez disclosed that he met with his Japanese counterpart, Minister Hiroshige Seko, to discuss improving market access and lowering tariff for the Philippines' agricultural products such as banana, pineapple, mango, as well as Japan's support for Industrial Co-operation Dialogue and improving supply chain for the benefit of micro, small and medium enterprises in the Philippines.

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Duterte would welcome Trump 'in the most righteous way'