President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte thanked the federal government of Sri Lanka for its help to abroad Filipino employees – notably of their repatriation – amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an announcement on Wednesday, the Workplace of the President (OP) stated Duterte and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had a cellphone dialog on June 28, the place the 2 leaders renewed their dedication to additional enhance bilateral ties.
“The President thanked the Sri Lankan authorities for its help within the repatriation of Filipinos amid this pandemic and for the protected return of Filipino seafarers within the MT New Diamond that caught fireplace off the jap coast of Sri Lanka in September 2020,” the OP stated.
The 2 leaders additionally mentioned different areas of cooperation – together with safety and protection, commerce and funding, labor, migration, and tourism.
Duterte additionally conveyed the Philippines’ curiosity to strengthen its engagement with Sri Lanka within the United Nations on problems with frequent concern.