Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Considers Pres. Duterte as Member of his Family

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The powerful Prime Minister of Japan PM Shinzo Abe considered Philippine President Rody Duterte as member of his very own family. The remarks of the Japanese leader was made during the dinner PM Abe hosted for the Philippine President and the rest of the Philippine delegation in the Prime Minister’s residence in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted as saying “When I visited the Philippines January this year, both my wife Akie and I had a pleasure visiting President Duterte’s house in Davao City. I very much appreciate the gracious hospitality extended to me and to my wife,” PM Abe said.

The Japanese Prime Minister added further that “We have been like family in deepening our close ties over time and I am very pleased with such warm relationship,” Abe said.

According to the Japanese leader President Duterte and himself have been like family in deepening the two countries close ties over time and he is very pleased with such warm relationship, the Japanese head of state said.

During the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister in the simple abode of President Duterte, he became the first Japanese premier and the only first world leader to visit Pres. Duterte’s home in Davao City.

Due to the close relationships between the two leaders, PM Shinzo Abe and Pres. Duterte, he welcomed the Philippine delegation during a dinner at his residence.

“So here is a message from me to those distinguished guests: I owe you so much and your dedication is what made possible for us to enjoy today’s wonderful ties between Japan and the Philippines. And taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and ask for your continuous support as we further develop this special relationship,” Abe stated.

Pres. Rody Duterte on his part shared PM Abe’s sentiments by saying:

“I am truly honored and humbled to join you this evening. While this is my official visit to Tokyo, I must tell you that my personal interest and excitement over this trip has not diminished. I thank Prime Minister Abe and Madame Akie Abe for hosting this evening’s reunion between friends,” Duterte said.

Pres. Rody Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet again when Manila hosts the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Leaders Summit in November 10 to 15, 2017.

Source: The Manila Times

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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