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Malaysia-Philipines Ties Give Opportunities To Collaborate For Common Goal - Agong
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 (Bernama) -- The political relations between Malaysia and the Philippines have been at its best and had generated much goodwill that have given the two countries opportunities to collaborate for a common goal, said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.
His Majesty said from ancient times, the lands which had become the two modern nation states had been closely bound through trade, language, customs and family ties.
Speaking at a state banquet at Istana Negara tonight in honour of Philippine President Benigno S.Aquino III, who was on his maiden visit to Malaysia, the King said as neighbours and founding members of Asean, the two countries were committed to a shared destiny and a common future.
"Our two countries although separated through the movements of history, have increasingly become inseparable as we build a common place for peace, stability, and most importantly, prosperity to uplift the well-being of our peoples.
"Our fate will be intergenerational for our children and grandchildren to build a future of mutual peace, stability and prosperity," said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was accompanied by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The King said he was confident that the visit would build upon the close bond of friendship that happily existed between Malaysia and the Philippines, thus strengthening the foundation between the governments and the peoples.
"We are also pleased to note that you have had fruitful discussions with our government on strengthening all forms of cooperation. We are confident that the discussions will lead to tangible outcomes for both the peoples of Malaysia and the Philippines.
"Whether such cooperation is political through political dialogue, economic through enhanced trade and investment links or cultural through education exchanges, people-to-people contact or increased two-way tourism arrivals, this visit will certainly foster a period of a much more vibrant relation," said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said Malaysia would continue to be a friend and partner to the Philippines as both countries journey through time and shape the future for a common prosperity.
In his speech, Aquino said Malaysia's significant achievement and rapid advancement in the nation's social and economic development should be viewed as exemplary by other countries in the region.
Saying that both countries shared a common vision, Aquino hoped that the visit could pave the way for the extension of more bilateral collaboration between both countries as there was potential for further cooperation in many fields including political, economic, social and cultural.
Aquino was here on two-day visit from yesterday which was aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries.
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