By APD writer Melo M. Acuna
MANILA, Nov. 9 (APD) – The Philippines and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed their commitment to advance bilateral cooperation at the end of their 5th Joint Commission Meeting in Manila yesterday.
According to a DFA statement, aside from trade and investment and labor and health services, other possible areas of cooperation discussed by both sides were in areas of security, agriculture, energy, finance, education, cultural tourism, youth and sports, technical training and technology.
Among the bilateral agreements discussed were on the Deployment of Workers of General Category and Household Workers and Memoranda of Understanding in the Fields of Agriculture, Sports, media, Islamic Affairs and Development Cooperation.
The Philippine and Saudi Delegations were led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo and Vice Labor Minister Abdullah Nasser Abouthnain.
The diplomatic relations between the two countries span 49 years and remain vibrant with total trade last year amounting to US$ 1.25 billion. Saudi Arabia hosts to nearly a million Filipino workers.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)