GMA News reported that the Palace announced Australia’s desire to support the Mindanao peace process as they pledged $40M allotted for the improvement of the lives of the people affected by the armed conflict, ongoing for decades now, in the region.
A courtesy call of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with President Rodrigo Duterte took place in Davao City on Friday. According to Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, the meeting paved way for the Australian government to pledge their financial support for the Philippines. He said that the money is for the projects to be conducted in the affected areas.
“Australia expressed [support] for the peace process in the PH and pledged $40M over 6 years for the peace process in Mindanao. These are to go to affected areas in projects such as improved water facilities,” Abella said in a statement, courtesy of GMA News.
The spokesperson also reported that the meeting was “very warm and cordial.”
Abella also noted that the discussion between the two countries is an indication of a positive relationship.
“It sets the tone for a more positive engagement between the two countries as strategic partners,” he said.
Bishop and Duterte also discussed issues of mining, terrorism and piracy at sea issues in the country.
SOURCE ► NT
SOURCE ► NT