Speaking in Manila, President Kovin said he and his host counterpart Rodrigo Duterte had very productive discussions on bilateral cooperation, as well as regional and global issues. The four agreements, covering maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology, and culture, will further enhance cooperation between the two countries.

According to him, both countries believe in a rules-based international order, respect for international law and sovereign equality of nations.

India and the Philippines are natural partners in the pursuit of their respective national development and security objectives. They also committed to work closely together to defeat and eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, Kovin added.

The Indian President is paying a four-day visit to the Philippines on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations./.

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