Japan foreign minister to visit Manila

Posted at 01/08/13 2:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will be on a two-day official visit to Manila.

"The visit is an opportunity for both countries to advance the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership under the new Japanese administration. Japan is one of only two strategic partners of the Philippines and is one of the most important economic partners in terms of trade, investments and development assistance," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a press statement.

Kishida will be in Manila from Wednesday, January 9 to Thursday, January 10. This will be Kishida's first overseas trip since his appointment as Foreign Minister by Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 26, 2012.

The DFA added that Kishida will meet with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional issues and the foreign policy priorities of the new Japanese leadership.

Kishida is also set to pay a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III.