Abe, Duterte to discuss terrorism, drug rehab
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
11 January 2017

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Rodrigo Duterte will tackle counter-terrorism tactics and drug rehabilitation projects among others during the former’s visit in the Philippines this week. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in the Philippines from Jan. 12 to 13 as the first head of state to visit President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017.

The two leaders are expected to discuss “counter-terrorism cooperation, drug rehabilitation projects, infrastructure development, maritime cooperation, and development projects,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

Abe’s official visit, with his wife Akie Abe, will be from Jan. 12 to 13. He will also be the “highest ranking official to ever visit Davao,” according to DFA.

There is a large Japanese community in Davao, where Duterte previously received Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Last year, the Philippines and Japan commemorated 60 years of normalisation of diplomatic relations after World War II.

“Japan remains one of the Philippines’ most steadfast economic partners, and people-to-people relations with Japan are among the most dynamic,” DFA said.

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