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Duterte, Saudi prince vow cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3/20/2018 Jimenez, Raffy
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with a member of the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia in Malacañang where both sides discussed efforts to expand cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism and promoting the well-being of Filipinos working in the oil-rich kingdom.

Describing the meeting between Duterte and Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif as "very warm and cordial," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the President thanked the Prince and "reaffirmed the commitment of the Philippines to defeat and break the backbone of terrorism and violent extremism."

The Prince, who is also Saudi Arabia's interior minister, "conveyed the deep respect of the Saudi King [Salman] for the President's strong and decisive action that led to the liberation of Marawi from extremists and terrorists," according to Roque.

Duterte also stressed the need to expand cooperation across many fields including security, trade and investment, as well as in promoting the rights, safety and well-being of around a million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia.

The President earlier appealed to Arab countries to treat Filipino workers in their countries with dignity and respect following the death of Joanna Demafelis whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.

Following the courtesy call, Duterte hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting Prince.

“Over a specially prepared Filipino inspired menu, the two discussed the strengthening bilateral relations and issues of mutual importance, particularly in law enforcement, peace and order and security,” Roque said.

Among the Cabinet officials who accompanied the President were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.

The Prince was on his last day of three-day official visit in the country that started on Saturday. — RSJ, GMA News

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