MANILA—His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III for the warm welcome accorded to him and the members of his delegation upon their arrival in the Philippines on Wednesday.
“It is with great pleasure that I responded to this kind invitation and today am making my first official visit as Head of State of the Principality of Monaco to the Republic of the Philippines,” Prince Albert II said in a press statement he delivered in Malacañang Palace on Thursday.
He described his discussions with President Aquino as rich, productive and helpful in bringing the two countries closer.
“In this spirit, I express to President Aquino the full availability of the various authorities of my country to welcome Philippine delegations to the Principality in order to deepen the relations between our two countries in domains such as economic, scientific, environmental protection and the diminution of natural catastrophic risks. These exchanges could further seal the friendship between our two countries,” he said.
According to the visiting monarch, he and President Aquino shared and discussed the problems faced by both nations, and agreed on a wider cooperation in environmental matters “for future generations and the preservation of our planet based on a sustainable development model”.
He pointed out that they discussed the necessary concerted actions at the international level to achieve these goals.
He further noted that he has the opportunity to visit the Tubbataha Reefs, which he referred to as an “extraordinary marine biodiversity that must be protected by all means.”
Prince Albert II arrived in Malacañang Palace at 10:30 a.m. and was given military honors.
He and President Aquino had a bilateral meeting and later witnessed the signing of the Philippines-Monaco Framework Agreement for Cooperation, which will become the basis for future cooperation between the two countries.