MANILA – Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. discussed with French President Emmanuel Macron security issues in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported quoting Presidential Communications Operations (PCO) Secretary Cheloy Garafil as confirming Thursday.
Marcos had a phone call with Macron, the PCO secretary said in a statement, adding that “In the initial part of their phone conversation, the two leaders discussed the security issues facing the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.”
During the phone call, Marcos told Macron that the Philippine government is exerting all efforts “to maintain the peace, to maintain the stability, keep the shipping lanes open and airways open” in the WPS.
Marcos invited Macron to visit the Philippines whenever he made a state visit to Asia, Garafil said.
Macron told Marcos that a group of French ministers would visit Manila before the end of the year, as part of the efforts to strengthen the two nations’ bilateral ties and forge more cooperation, he added.