Singapore president arriving for state visit to the Philippines

Singapore President Halimah Yacob is visiting the Philippines upon the invitation of President Duterte. AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


MANILA, Sep 7, 2019, PhilStar. Singapore President Halimah Yacob will arrive in Manila on Sept. 8 for a five-day state visit, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced yesterday, reported The Philippine Star.

Halimah is visiting the Philippines upon the invitation of President Duterte.

The DFA said the state visit marks this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore.

Duterte and Halimah will hold a bilateral meeting on Sept. 9 to discuss areas of mutual interest and to further bilateral political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement.

While in the Philippines, the Singaporean president is scheduled to visit Davao City, where she will be welcomed by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Halimah will visit the Philippine Eagle Center and hold a dialogue with the Mindanao youth.

In Manila, Halimah’s engagements will also include a luncheon with the Philippines-Singapore Business Council.

Halimah is Singapore’s first female president and first Malay head of state in 47 years.

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