DAVAO CITY, Apr. 10, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte is aiming to forge partnerships with the governments and kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
“I leave today to embark on a mission to forge deeper, more meaningful and more positive engagements with the Middle East,” President Duterte said.
“There is much at stake in the Philippines’ relations with the Middle East: It is the global center of traditional energy resources; It is a source of investments with potential for much growth; It is an expanding market for key Philippine products and services; and, it is home to the largest group of Filipinos working overseas.”
Duterte is scheduled to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia first, before flying to Bahrain to meet with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama.
Afterwards, Duterte is set to meet Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha of the State of Qatar.
“With the special ties between our countries, I shall seek to expand the frontiers of friendship and tap into converging interests in order to intensity two-way trade and investments, seek greater politico-security cooperation and increase exchanges,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, Duterte vowed to bring home with him those who will be pardoned in Jeddah from among those on death row in Saudi.