PH, Israel ink agreements during Duterte's official visit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Philippines and Israel inked three agreements Monday, the day President Rodrigo Duterte met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a message, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the deals signed were:

  • a Memorandum of Agreement on the temporary employment of home-based Filipino caregivers,
  • a Memorandum of Understanding on scientific cooperation, and
  • a Memorandum of Intent on the collaboration on promotion on bilateral direct investment

Signatories of the agreements are Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez respectively.

No details on the agreements were available as of posting time.

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go documented the meeting between the two state leaders, and shared photos of the event.

The President also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

President Duterte left the country on Sunday for the historic visits to Israel and Jordan. It is the first official visit by a sitting President to both countries.

Duterte will be away from the country for a week, visiting countries which, despite having established diplomatic ties with the Philippines several decades ago, have never seen a Philippine leader up close.

The visits are in line with government efforts to develop relationships with more non-traditional allies.