Philippine President Ferdinand ``Bongbong`` Marcos Jr.
PHOTO BY PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is coming to Dubai for an official visit, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Alfonso Ver confirmed.
In an Op-ed piece sent to Expatmedia.net, Ver said that Marcos accepted UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s invitation to attend the COP28 event that the UAE is hosting.
Ver said that it was during a phone call in June, after the UAE sent a planeload of aid to the Philippines for Mayon volcano victims, that Marcos and Sheikh Mohamed had a phone conversation about Philippine-UAE bilateral relations. “It was also during this phone call that my president accepted Sheikh Mohamed’s invitation to attend COP28 which the UAE is hosting by end of this year,” Ver said.
The Philippine ambassador did not give further details about the exact date of Marcos’ expected arrival in the UAE, but COP28 will run from November 30 to December 12 at Expo City Dubai. The scheduled visit will be Marcos’ first official visit to the UAE.
“The upcoming visit of President Marcos to the UAE for COP28 further opens opportunities for sustainable development cooperation, and we are hoping that the MOU on Climate Change Cooperation which the Philippines is proposing to the UAE, as well as the Framework Agreement on Renewable Energy, will be signed during this visit,” Ver said.
“We are looking forward to UAE’s investment in renewable energy projects in the Philippines. A major undertaking between the Philippines and the UAE is the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which we hope will also be signed soon, as the bilateral discussions on the Terms of Reference (TOR) is ongoing, a precursor to the negotiations and signing. The UAE looks forward to the UAE’s ambitious plans for COP28 that would present real benefits for countries such as the Philippines, considered among the most vulnerable nations to climate change,” he added. ICA/Expat Media
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