After Spain, the President was scheduled to proceed to Brussels, Belgium, Monday afternoon for a three-day visit. This is the second leg of his grueling four-nation swing in Europe to enhance the Philippines’ ties with these countries. His next stopovers will be France and Germany.
Before flying to Brussels, the President held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa where they discussed how to enhance diplomatic, trade, and security between the two nations.
Other issues tackled by the two leaders were the Bangsamoro peace agreement, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
“I look forward to closer cooperation between our countries with the signing of the extension of our bilateral development partnership until 2017,” Coloma said quoting the President.
“We greatly appreciate being the only priority country in Asia under the Master Plan of Spanish Cooperation in 2013-2016,” the President added.
In the meeting, the President highlighted the Philippine economic growth of 7.2 percent in 2013 and 6 percent in the first half of 2014 despite the uncertain global environment and the impact of disasters. He noted that the country aims to grow by 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent in 2014. “I am happy to note the positive economic news in Spain. I hope that the economic gains in both our countries would translate into increased bilateral trade and investments,” the President said.