Philippines, Netherlands Hold 2nd Bilateral Consultations, Celebrate 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Jaime Victor Ledda leads the Philippine Delegation during the 2nd political consultations with the Netherlands. Clockwise, from top left: European Affairs Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda, Director Karin Mossenlechner, Dutch Ambassador Saskia de Lang and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands J. Eduardo Malaya. (DFA-OEA photo)
PASAY CITY 29 June 2021 – Marking this year’s 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an important milestone in the Philippines and the Netherlands relations, both countries reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation in the political, economic, and socio-cultural areas, particularly in defense and security, and people-to-people linkage during the 2nd Philippines-Netherlands Bilateral Consultations held via video conference on 29 June 2021.
The Philippine delegation was led by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Jaime Victor Ledda while the Dutch side was headed by Ms. Karin Mössenlechner, Director for Asia and Oceania at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Assistant Secretary Ledda welcomed the Dutch proposal to establish an Honorary Consulate in Davao City as this will improve consular assistance to Dutch nationals and also promote bilateral trade and investment. Both sides also apprised each other of developments in their respective countries and exchanged views on regional and global issues, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistant Secretary Ledda was joined by Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands J. Eduardo Malaya and Consul General Lolita Capco, Director Shirley Banquicio, Assistant Director Mark Anthony Dizon, and Principal Assistant Judienne Capiz of the DFA Office of European Affairs, and Commercial Counselor and Director Benedict Uy of PTIC-Brussels.
The Joint Statement on the Bilateral Consultations may be downloaded here: http://bitly.ws/eZKT. END
The Philippines and the Netherlands delegation during the 2nd Bilateral Consultations held via video conference on 29 June 2021. (DFA-OEA photo)