Philippines and France agreed to expand and strengthen bilateral relations and elevate the bilateral relationship to an enhanced partnership during the historic first visit of an incumbent of French President.
In their joint declaration, President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III and the President of the French Republic Francois Hollande condemn the use of might in advancing territorial claims. “We affirm our opposition to any acquisition or claim, by coercion or force, of any or all territory of a State by another State, in violation of international law, especially the Charter of the United Nations,” the two state heads said.
They also highlighted the importance of peace and stability as well as the freedom of navigation and peaceful and lawful settlement of disputes in Southeast Asia. “We call for a full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in fostering peace and stability.”