Duterte invites Saudi Arabia’s King, Crown Prince to visit Philippines

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has invited Saudi Arabia’s King and Crown Prince to visit the Philippines as the two countries marked the 50th anniversary of bilateral ties this year, a government official said.

Presidential Protocol chief and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the president extended the invitation to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as the two nations agreed to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation.

Duterte met the king and the crown prince during his visit to Riyadh in April 2017.

The Philippine government has asked for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s support for the development of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through the administration’s major infrastructure projects in Mindanao.

The Saudi Arabian government has expressed willingness to contribute to the development of the Bangsamoro region. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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