Remarks by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for the leaders’ statement
The Honourable Prime Minister Anthony Albanese;
The Honored Members of the Australian and Philippine Delegations;
Members of the Press Corps;
Ladies and gentlemen,
Prime Minister Albanese and I have engaged in comprehensive discussions during our bilateral meeting, which reaffirmed our shared commitment to peace, security, and the development in our region.
Our talks covered a wide range of topics, from defense and security cooperation to economic and trade relations, from maritime affairs to sustainable [development] goals. It is heartening to find that our visions for the future are quite closely aligned, and our goals for regional stability and prosperity resonate strongly.
Both the Prime Minister and I acknowledged that our shared values, the democratic principles, and mutual respect for international law have been instrumental in fostering a strong partnership. Our commitment to these ideals has guided our path forward as we address the complex challenges facing our region and the world at large.
We also recognized the importance of a stable and secure environment that benefits not only our own citizens but also contributes to the greater global good.
The Philippines and Australia share a long history of cooperation and an even longer history of friendship, and it is fitting that we gather here today to commemorate the elevation of our relations from a Comprehensive Partnership to a Strategic Partnership — a very, very important development for us both.
This signing of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership signals our mutual commitment to deepening collaboration across a spectrum of areas that are vital to both our countries’ growth and prosperity.
Furthermore, the agreements signed and witnessed today symbolize our joint determination to enhance our cooperation across various domains. From development to cultural exchanges, these agreements represent a tangible commitment to work together for the betterment of our two nations.
I am confident that these partnerships will drive innovation, create opportunities, and foster deeper understanding between our peoples.
As we look ahead, our shared responsibilities as Strategic Partners become even more profound. The evolving dynamics of our world demand collaboration that is proactive, innovative, and adaptable.
By leveraging each other’s strengths, we can amplify our collective impact and contribute positively to the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.
Let the elevation of our relations to a Strategic Partnership usher in a brighter and more prosperous future for both our peoples.
Thank you and good day to you all.
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