Aquino sees need for global engagement in RP development

September 25, 2010 11:34 am 

MANILA, Sept. 24 — President Benigno S. Aquino III recognizes the importance of strengthened global engagement in the country's development.

In his message at the forum organized by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held at the CFR Auditorium in New York on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the President said strong relations with other countries and partnership with the international financial community would help realize his administration's goals and objectives.

"Our engagements with the rest of the world will always be at the service of our aspiration to build a vibrant nation," the President said.

At the forum, the President discussed the Philippines' relations with its neighbors in the ASEAN, the US and development partners and the Pacific Rim and his government's vision and platform of government, including the creation of an investor-friendly environment and the peace talks.

"Indeed we have high aspirations in our foreign relations," the President said even as he quoted US President Barack Obama's observation that "the Philippines punches above its weight in the international arena."

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