Aquino leaves for a working visit to Japan

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday morning left for a whole day working visit to Japan.

The Chief Executive is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and to address an international peace conference initiated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) in Hiroshima.

In his departure message at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the President said he will discuss with Abe "important issues" affecting the two countries.

"Kabilang po sa mga ito ang isinusulong nating pangmatagalan at malawakang kapayapaan sa Mindanao at ang kaunlaran sa ating rehiyon," he said.

Aquino said he will also thank Japan for its help in the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Japan is a member of the International Monitoring Team overseeing the ceasefire between the government troops and the Muslim rebels, and the International Contact Group monitoring the peace process, which recently resulted in the forging of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the MILF.

After his meeting with his Japanese counterpart, the President will go to Hiroshima to keynote the JICA-led international peace conference.

Aquino said the theme of the conference is the implementation of the Philippine-MILF peace agreement.

"Ibabahagi natin dito ang tagumpay na nilagdaan nating Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at ang mga susunod pa nating hakbang tungo sa mapayapang Mindanao," he said.

"Ipapaabot din po natin sa JICA ang taos-puso nating pasasalamat sa pakikiisa nila sa inisyatiba nating wakasan ang deka-dekadang kaguluhan upang magbukas naman ng pinto ng pagkakataon sa bawat Lumad, Moro at Kristiyano," the President added.

Aquino is set to return to Manila later in the day.

This was Aquino's fifth trip to Japan since assuming office in 2010, the last of which was in December last year when he attended the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit. (SDR/Sunnex)

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