Aquino: France ‘reliable partner’ in modernizing PHL military defense

President Aquino arrived at France Wednesday at around 4pm Philippine time. The President was welcomed at Orly Airport and was given military honors.

Aquino had a meeting with France President François Hollande. During the meeting Philippine and France agreed in different partnership.

“President [Hollande] and I resolved to deepen the Philippines and France’s partnership in the political, security, economic, and cultural spheres. We witnessed the signing of various agreements that will facilitate meaningful dialogue and fruitful exchanges between our two countries,” Aquino stated.

“We have made significant strides as well towards updating our bilateral Defense Cooperation Agreement. The Philippines is in the process of modernizing our armed forces and improving our defensive capability, and we believe that France will be a reliable partner in this regard,” President Aquino added.

“Mr. President, the solidarity that France has demonstrated will never be forgotten by a grateful Filipino nation,” Aquino told France President François Hollande.

In a joint statement, President of France and Philippines upheld the the rule of law in West Philippine Sea and the entire South China Ses. “They emphasized the importance of the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in fostering peace and stability in this part of the world.”