PH, New Zealand forge ties on education

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The MOU was signed by Energy Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan with New Zealand's new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern witnessing the account.

She also has more bilateral meetings before attending the East Asia Summit - a meeting of the 10 Asean countries plus New Zealand, Australia, United States, Japan, South Korea, India, China and Russian Federation.

"Canada is not only willing, but ready to be a key partner for the next 50 years", Trudeau said in a speech in Manila, Philippines, at a special ASEAN-Canada summit in front of leaders of an alliance that includes Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Philippines Commission on Higher Education on the Comparative Analysis of New Zealand and the Philippines' Bachelor's Degrees.

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President Duterte said it is a "good development", noting that more Filipinos can have access to the quality of education in New Zealand.

Ardern also praised Romeo Udanga, a Filipino-born politician who ran under Ardern's Labour party and had sought a seat in Parliament.

President Duterte meanwhile told Prime Minister Ardern that he was able to visit New Zealand twice, and that the people of New Zealand are great people.

Nonstop flights from Manila to Auckland will begin on December 6, the Filipino flag carrier said in August. "I was there", Duterte said.

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"New Zealand has recognized the importance of this region for more than 40 years, but we have never been closer than we are today", she added.

There appeared to be some confusion when Ardern mentioned a new deal with Philippines Airlines to fly non-stop between Manila and Auckland, with Duterte instead talking about Iran.

Li had also been keen to hear from the new Prime Minister that the overall approach to relations with China would be broadly the same. "But I think we have a strong foundation economically", she said.

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