P-Noy leaves for Korea commemorative meet on Dec. 11-12

MANILA, Dec. 8 — P-Noy leaves for Korea commemorative meet on Dec. 11-12. President Benigno S. Aquino III will be off to Busan to mark the ASEAN-Republic of Korea 25th anniversary commemorative summit on December 11 and 12.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said President Aquino and other nine leaders will deliver their respective country statements building on the theme “Building Trust, Bringing Happiness,” reflecting ROK’s commitment to strengthen its relationship with ASEAN through trust, which should result in happiness for the citizens of ASEAN and the ROK

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The DFA said two sessions on December 12 at the Busan Exhibition Convention Centre will cover the review of the ASEAN-ROK cooperation and its future direction, and the cooperation on non-traditional security issues with emphasis on climate change and disaster risk management.

On December 11, the president will also have a bilateral meeting with ROK President Park Geun-hye, who will host a welcome dinner and cultural performance to officially welcome th leaders.

Aside from the summit sessions on December 12, sideline events where President Aquino is set to attend include an exhibition on Korean traditional arts and crafts, a special exhibition on public governance, and a meet-and-greet with the CEO of Korea Aerospace Industries and ROK officials.

The DFA also said President Park will also host the leaders’ luncheon on the second day.

Prior to his departure, Aquino will meet the Philippine media in a one-hour coffee meeting at the Paradise Hotel Busan.

President Aquino will be joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and other members of the Cabinet, ASEAN-Philippines Director-General Luis T. Cruz and other officials from executive departments.

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