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Duterte in Jordan

 

By ARGYLL GEDUCOS

 

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded foyer honors upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan on September 5, 2018. Accompanying the President is Jordan Minister of Social Development Hala Lattouf. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PRESIDENT Duterte and Hala Lattouf, Jordan Minister of Social Development, review honor guards at the airport in Amman, Jordan. (Presidential Photo)

AMMAN, Jordan – President Duterte arrived here Wednes­day to begin a three-day historic visit.

Duterte arrived at 5:17 p.m. Jordan time (10:17 p.m. Wednes­day in Manila) after a four-day visit to Israel. Duterte is the first sitting Philippine President to vis­it this country and Israel.

Duterte is in Jordan upon the invitation of King Abdullah II. The President had a restricted meeting with the King at the Al Husseinieh Palace Courtyard yes­terday.

After meeting the King, Du­terte will attend a business forum to entice Jordanian businessmen to invest in the Philippines.

During his last day here Du­terte will meet members of the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace before leaving for Davao City. There are around 40,000 Filipinos living and work­ing in Jordan as of 2017.

The Department of Foreign Af­fairs said that Duterte’s visit will mark historic milestones, benefit trade, and strengthen relation­ships with Jordan.

DFA Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said that Duterte’s visit will be an opportunity to return the visit of the late King Hus­sein who visited the Philippines on March 1, 1976. Hussein’s visit also marked the formal establish­ment of the diplomatic relations between Jordan and the Philip­pines.

“With Jordan, we’re elevating our relationship with the King­dom with the first ever visit of a Filipino president to Jordan on the 6th to the 8th of September 2018,” Abella said.

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