Ambassador Daniel Ramos Espiritu along with Senator Pervaiz Rashid cutting the cake of 118th anniversary of Philippines independence in Islamabad

Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Hosts Independence Day Reception in Islamabad

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Ambassador of Philippine to Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu to Pakistan hosted a colorful reception to celebrate 118th anniversary of proclamation of Philippines independence at a local hotel in Islamabad on Monday. Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid was the chief guest of the reception, while a large number of diplomatic circles, politician, median representatives and business community were among the participants. The ceremony was started with the playing of national anthems of Pakistan and Philippine. Ambassador Daniel Ramos Espiritu cut the cake along with chief guest Senator Pervaiz Rashid.

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Addressing on the occasions Ambassador of Philippine to Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu who is a career diplomat with more than twenty years of experience in the Philippine Foreign Service stressed the need to enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Philippine. He was appointed in Pakistan after an unfortunate incident Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr. who was killed in a Helicopter crash of 8 May 2015.

He was of the opinion that both countries should increase exchange of trade, cultural and media delegations between Pakistan and Philippines. He thanked the participants saying it a pleasure for us that you have accepted our invitation and shared a time with us.

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Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid is his address said that Pakistan desires good relations with all the countries and believes that all outstanding issues must be resolved through dialogue. “Our relations with the Philippines form an important component of our ‘Vision East Asia Policy’ which aims at enhancing our collaboration with Southeast Asian region in diverse fields.

“There exists commonality of views on various regional and international issues translating into a reservoir of good will between the leadership and people of the two countries. He said that the Philippines, a founding member of ASEAN, have been a steadfast supporter of our efforts to strengthen our institutional linkages with ASEAN.

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Pervaiz said the Philippines have also committed to support Pakistan’s bid for the Full Dialogue Partnership (FDP) of the ASEAN. Close coordination exists between the two in promoting interfaith dialogue at the UN. He said the National Assembly of Pakistan formed a Pakistan-Philippines Friendship Group in November 2013.

He added the House of Representatives of the Philippines deliberated upon a resolution titled, “Organizing the Philippines-Pakistan Parliamentarians’ Friendship Association” in March 2014. However, a Friendship Group is yet to be formed there. Chairman Senate has extended an invitation to his Filipino counterpart to visit Pakistan. The Speaker, National Assembly has also invited his counterpart to visit Pakistan, he added.

He said while there has been an exchange of high level visits at head of the state and government levels, but there is a lack of interaction between the peoples of the two nations.

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He expressed the hope that the relations between Pakistan and Philippines will further grow. He conveyed felicitations to the people and government of Philippines on Independence Day on behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan.

Pakistan and Philippines have a history of diplomatic relations envoy with 65 years but the trade volume between the two friendly countries is not enough as compared to potential of both. And there are sectors of pharmaceuticals, agriculture and textiles as some of the sectors both countries can initially pursue together. Pakistan-Philippines Business Council was created to promote trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.

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