World leaders, foreign governments congratulate Aquino, Binay

Posted at 06/30/10 12:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Congratulatory messages have started pouring in for President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay from world leaders and foreign governments.

This page will be updated as the messages come in.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

I send you my congratulations on your inauguration as President of the Republic of the Philippines. I look forward to continuing the close cooperation and warm relations between our two countries. I wish you and the people of the Philippines prosperity and every good fortune.

Elizabeth R.


The Government of Australia

The Australian Government today congratulates His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III on his inauguration as 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, and His Excellency Jejomar C. Binay on his inauguration as Vice President.

Australia and the Philippines share a warm and substantive bilateral relationship underpinned by close people to people links.

Australia looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Philippine Government under President Aquino on our broad range of shared interests, including in the areas of development assistance, defence and law enforcement cooperation, trade and investment, human rights and active engagement on regional and international issues.

As one of the Philippines’ largest development cooperation partners, Australia looks forward to engaging with the new Administration to ensure Australia’s development assistance is closely aligned with the incoming government’s reform agenda, including in the areas of poverty reduction, economic growth and governance.


Government of Canada

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today congratulated Benigno Aquino III on his inauguration as president of the Philippines.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to President Aquino,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada supports democratic development in the Philippines. We are looking forward to working closely with the new Philippine government and to enhancing the already strong and friendly ties between our two countries.

“Canadians are proud of the shared experiences and close connections we have with Filipinos. People-to-people links between the two countries continue to increase, with over 400,000 people of Philippine origin in Canada contributing significantly to our nation.”
In 2009 Canada and the Philippines marked their 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Strong trade and investment ties, as well as close cooperation in areas such as democratic development, governance, human rights and the rule of law, characterize relations between the two countries.

Canada also cooperates with the Philippines in multilateral forums, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Regional Forum, as well as in the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Trade Organization.

The Honourable Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, attended the inauguration on behalf of the Government of Canada.