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Marcos meets with UNGA top leaders; to see Biden

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 6:09 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met various leaders during his work visit to New York City, including the former British prime minister, the Japanese prime minister, and the World Bank President. 

Marcos met with former British prime minister Tony Blair on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss significant matters concerning the United Kingdom (UK) and the Philippines. 

Marcos, on Facebook, shared that he and the former prime minister mainly discussed the positive and optimistic peace process in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and other vital issues.

"We tackled the optimistic peace process in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and explored concrete ways to address other priority issues in the global economy such as food security, climate action, and trade," said Marcos. 

The palace has not disclosed other further details that Blair and Marcos discussed.

Blair served as the UK prime minister for ten years—from 1997 to 2007—and he is currently the executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. This New York-based non-profit organization brings political leaders together to equip them to build transparent and prosperous communities. 

Blair was also instrumental in resolving the long-running conflict in Northern Ireland, including the Irish Republican Army, which has been equated to the Philippine peace process.

During his visit to New York City, Marcos also met with Japan Minister Fumio Kishida, while on his fourth day, he met with World Bank President David Malpass.

Marcos, who is in the United States for a six-day official visit, met separately with Kishida and Malpass.

Kishida pledged to sustain Tokyo's economic cooperation with Manila in sectors such as infrastructure development, including railways and the development of Subic Bay.

Apart from meeting the former British prime minister, Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s namesake is also set to meet American President Joe Biden.

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