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South Korean President lauds Aquino for ‘outstanding leadership’

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South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak lauded President Benigno S. Aquino III for his “outstanding leadership,” and assured that the Republic of Korea will remain the partner and friend of the Philippines.

President Benigno S. Aquino III hosted a State Dinner in honor of the South Korean leader and his delegation at the Malacanang’s Rizal Hall on Monday evening.

During his speech President Lee expressed his “deepest admiration” to the “outstanding leadership” of President Aquino.

“I know that since assuming office, he has strenuously carried out steadfast reform both political and social, which has yielded substantial results,” the South Korean leader said.

“We believe that due to that outstanding leadership, the Philippine economy as well as the country as a whole has been able to achieve much despite the global economic difficulties,” he added.

President Lee was in the country for a three-day state visit upon the invitation of President Aquino. The two leaders had a bilateral meeting Monday morning in Malacanan Palace.

He said that during his bilateral meeting with President Aquino, he reaffirmed the close partnership between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines.

“It has been more than 60 years since the two countries first established diplomatic relationship and it has been 60 years since the Philippines came to our aid during the Korean War,” President Lee said.

President Lee also took the opportunity to thank the Korean War veterans here in the Philippines for their "service" during the Korean war.

“It may have been several decades since the brave soldiers from the Philippines came to help my country and my people, but as time goes by our appreciation and gratitude only grow stronger,” he said.

President Lee said that the people of Korea would always remember the “sacrifice, dedication and the service that the people of the Philippines gave to Korea during times of darkness.”

He also assured that the Aquino administration that his country will remain the Philippines' closest partner and friend adding that his visit to the Philippines will elevate the partnership between the two countries.

“We will continue to strengthen not only our economic and commerce and trade relationship but also on the international stage, as we have always done for the last several decades,” President Lee said.

“Our two countries will remain steadfast partners and friends as we face the global challenges of today,” the South Korean leader said.

By PCOO/PIA9-ZBST




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