Duterte in Myanmar: Pledges $300K, inks agri-food deal

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(L-R) Presidents Duterte and Htin Kyaw at Myanmar's Presidential Palace

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Before capping off his two-day official visit in Myanmar, President Rodrigo Duterte met with the country's two highest officials on Monday to forge deeper bilateral ties and cooperation in food production.

Duterte received a warm welcome at the Presidential Palace, where he sat down with President U Htin Kyaw Duterte and expressed support for Myanmar's efforts to seek regional peace.

Htin Kyaw thanked the Philippines for its assistance and congratulated Duterte for his upcoming anniversary as president.

Myanmar's president also invited investors, delegates to visit their counterparts, and encouraged tour packages to his country.

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After the meeting, Duterte witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation, which was signed between the Philippines' Department of Agriculture and Myanmar's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

Duterte also spoke with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Call Room of the Presidential Palace.

Duterte w Suu Kyi.jpg Duterte gives a bouquet of roses to Suu Kyi.  

There, Duterte handed over a pledge worth US $300,000 to Suu Kyi for the Philippines' humanitarian assistance to Myanmar's violence-hotbed Rakhine State, the biggest donation made so far made by an ASEAN member this year.

It will be recalled that Myanmar was also the first to help the Philippines when the country was hit by supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.

Myanmar's former president  U Thein Sein was also the first to visit Bantayan island in Cebu after it was devastated by the supertyphoon.

Duterte also discussed agricultural education and technology. Suu Kyi expressed interest in pineapple fiber.

CNN Philippines' AC Nicholls contributed to this report.