PH, France strengthens its links on trade and food security

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had a brief phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday to mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France.

Marcos echoed the French Embassy’s earlier statement that the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in various sectors, most notably on climate change, food security and trade.

“We spoke by telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron and agreed to strengthen partnerships in the areas of low-carbon energy, food security, defense and people-to-people ties,” he said. the chief executive said in a statement posted on his official social media accounts. .

The French Embassy, ​​in a separate statement, noted that Macron had assured that France would ensure “respect for international maritime law and the challenges of preserving biodiversity and the oceans”.

France is among many countries that have sailed in the South China Sea in recent years to assert freedom of navigation in waters widely claimed by China.

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Marcos, meanwhile, has been firm in his stance that the Philippines “won’t cede even one square inch” of its territory to a foreign entity.

Macron also reportedly urged the Philippines “to join the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People”, an initiative to protect 30% of marine and land territories by 2030.

Marcos has repeatedly called for environmental protection.

In terms of food security, Macron pledged to review the efforts undertaken under his government’s Food and Agricultural Resilience Mission program, in particular the measures intended to deal with the food crisis aggravated by the aggression of the Russia versus Ukraine.

Marcos praised Macron for his leadership and diplomatic efforts to promote peace and security in Europe.


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