Marcos wants stronger agricultural cooperation with Israel, says envoy – Manila Bulletin

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has asked Israel to strengthen cooperation with the Philippines in the area of ​​agriculture to ensure local food security, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss said.

Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Ilan Fluss (Embassy of Israel to the Philippines)

Fluss said this as the Philippines and Israel reaffirmed their close ties at the 12th meeting of the Philippines-Israel Joint Commission (Israeli-Philippine Political Dialogue) last week.

In his remarks, Fluss said Israel was more than willing to share its agricultural expertise with the Philippines.

“We are happy to share our expertise in agriculture with the Philippines to improve productivity and food security,” he said.

The solar-powered irrigation project, the agricultural internship program in Israel for Filipinos and the Philippines-Israel dairy programs were also discussed.

The purpose of the Commission was to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

Deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Rafael Harpaz, led Israel’s delegation. At the same time, the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Middle Eastern and African Affairs, Alfonso Ferdinand Agbayani Ver, led the Philippine delegation.

Harpaz served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines from 2018 to 2021.

Philippine and Israeli officials reaffirm Philippines-Israel ties during the 12th meeting of the Philippines-Israel Joint Commission (Israel-Philippines Political Dialogue) on September 5, 2022. (Photo by Israeli Embassy in the Philippines)

In a statement, the Israeli Embassy said the Commission reviewed the relationship between the two countries while highlighting key areas of cooperation, including agriculture, trade and economy, Filipino workers in the foreign (OFW) in Israel, innovation and technology, defense and tourism.

Harpaz underlined the historically close and warm relations between the two countries. He also commended the expansion of the Israeli Embassy in Manila, which recently opened two new offices: the Economic and Trade Mission and the Office of the Defense Attaché.

He highlighted cooperation during the pandemic, including the early vaccination of all OFWs in Israel and the deployment of Israeli medical teams to Manila to share Israeli experience on the vaccination campaign and clinical treatment.

Meanwhile, the Israeli delegation emphasized building bridges of innovation between the two countries in the areas of agritech, water technology, cybersecurity, ICT and connectivity. , among others.

Also on the agenda were the fight against terrorism and the expansion of defense cooperation between Israel and the Philippines.

The delegations also discussed regional and international topics such as bilateral political relations, developments in the Middle East and the Abraham Accords, Iran and the Western Philippine Sea.

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