November 29, 2022

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President Bongbong Marcos and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discuss trade, security and workers’ rights

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President Bongbong Marcos and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in Bangkok, Thailand./Office of the Spokesman/

(Eagle News) – President Bongbong Marcos and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed cooperation between the two countries on trade, security and the rights of Filipino workers abroad at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC).

“Our trade, our connection, has grown steadily. And we want maybe after things open up even more and get back to what we all thought was normal, it would increase,” the president told Ardern, according to a statement from the spokesman.

The President was also quoted as saying that “the best solution is simply strong partnerships”.

“You can take slightly different positions on this – but you are members of a political aggregation and an economic aggregation, there is strength in numbers,” he added.

According to OPS, meanwhile, Ardern praised Filipinos who work and live in New Zealand.

The OPS said she told Marcos that Filipinos are an important part of New Zealand society.

No further details about the meeting were given to the media.

The President has previously had bilateral meetings with other world leaders, including China’s Xi Jinping.

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