• Duterte visited South Korea for the very first time on Sunday, June 3
  • The highlight of the visit is to convey to SoKor the importance of its partnership with the Philippines and to reaffirm the strength of Philippines-Republic of Korea relations
  • Duterte also plans to meet with members of the Filipino community composed of about 68,000 Filipinos currently living in South Korea

President Rodrigo Duterte visited South Korea for the very first time on June 3 up to June 5, as the two countries prepared to mark seven decades of diplomatic ties.

Ernesto Abella, Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the highlight of Duterte’s official visit is his meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who invited the Philippine President to Seoul during the East Asia Summit in Manila in November 2017.

“The significance of this visit refers back to basically conveying to the Republic of Korea the importance of its partnership with the Philippines and to reaffirm the strength of Philippines-Republic of Korea relations,” Abella said.

Duterte will also be witnessing the signing of agreements on the cooperation on agriculture, environment, science and technology, trade, and transportation such as a loan agreement for the new Cebu International Container Port.

Aside from the business meetings, Duterte also plans to meet with members of the Filipino community composed of about 68,000 Filipinos currently living in South Korea.

Filipinos in South Korea (Image by Saranghae Korea)

The two presidents will also tackle the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) attends summit talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (Image by Korea.net)

On March 3, 2019, the Philippines and South Korea will mark 70 years of diplomatic relations.