French senators visit the Philippines [fr]
Upon the invitation of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and in view of the 70th year anniversary celebration of the establishment of diplomatic ties between France and the Philippines this year, 4 French senators of the France-Southeast Asia Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group traveled to Manila and Cebu from January 6 to 9, 2017.
Senators Gérard Miquel (Senator of Lot and President of the France-Southeast Asia Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group), Simon Sutour (Senator of Gard and Deputy-President for the Philippines), Jean-Claude Lenoir (Senator of Orne), and Bernard Saugey (Senator of Isère) traveled to Cebu, the 2nd economic hub of the Philippines, where they met Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña to discuss the possibility of developing cooperation and economic exchanges between France and the province of Cebu.
In Manila, the French senators, accompanied by French Ambassador Thierry Mathou and Counselor for Political Affairs Christine Carole, met Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay and afterwards, participated in a meeting with their Philippine counterparts from the France-Philippines Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group. During these meetings, the French senators stressed their enthusiasm to strengthen relations between France and the Philippines, particularly in the protection of the environment and in the fight against climate change, and to deepen French-Philippine inter-parliamentary ties.
- L-R: French Counselor for Political Affairs Christine Carole, French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou, Senator of Isère Bernard Saugey, Senator of Orne Jean-Claude Lenoir, Senator of Lot Gérard Miquel, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator of Gard Simon Sutour, Senate Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa Lazaro, and DFA Assistant Secretary for Europe Cleofe Natividad