FCO Minister Mark Field to champion rules-based international system in Manila
16 Aug 2018 01:30 PM
Minister of State for Asia & the Pacific is visiting Manila on the second leg of a six-country tour of Southeast Asia.
Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field is visiting Manila today (16 August) for a programme that will include a keynote speech on the rules-based international system (RBIS) and discussions on strengthening further bilateral relations with the Philippines.
During his visit, the Minister will meet governmental officials including Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Defence Secretary Maj Gen Delfin Lorenzana, and Senator Loren Legarda.
In his speech, Mr Field will join Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorley to highlight the benefits the RBIS has brought to all countries.
Speaking ahead of his visit to the Philippines, Minister Mark Field said:
The rules-based international system has had a hugely positive impact on global security and prosperity, protecting people and countries, and helping them to achieve their potential. This is why the UK is working so hard to cherish and protect these rules.
Mr Field will also meet members of the finance and business communities, as well as green finance experts and trade officials to raise the UK’s profile in the Philippines.
The Minister’s visit to Manila is the second stop on a six-country Southeast Asia trip.
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