Chile President Michelle Bachelet begins PH state visit

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On Monday the ‘formal’ state visit of Chile President Michelle Bachelet begins even as she arrived and was met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Sunday afternoon.

Also part of the official welcoming party were Philippine Ambassador to Chile Consuelo Puyat Reyes, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and foreign affairs chief protocol officer Maria Aileen Bugarin.

President Benigno S. Aquino III will formally welcome the Chilean chief exectuive at the Malacanang Palace.

The two heads of state will discuss bilateral issues, which include trade and investments, and are expected to sign a framework agreement leading to negotiations for a free trade agreement between the two countries.

After the signing of agreements, the Palace will have a state luncheon in honor of the visiting president.

The Chilean president is the first world leader to arrive in Manila for the APEC summit.

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