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Marcos meets King Philippe of Belgium at Royal Palace in Brussels

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday met King Philippe of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

According to GMA Integrated News' Ivan Mayrina, Marcos said he was looking forward to the signing of a Philippines-Belgium joint action plan for 2023 to 2027 that will enhance bilateral cooperation.

Marcos is in Belgium to attend the ASEAN-European Union Commemorative Summit this week.

In his speech before the Filipino community on Monday, Marcos said he would raise the country's intention in a royal audience with King Philippe.

He said he would also mention the two countries' 76 years of bilateral ties.

“Our relationships have remained strong and vibrant based on shared values, common interest, and the good reputation that Filipinos have built not only here in Europe but all over the world,” Marcos said.

“It will also be an opportunity to convey to the King that the Philippines intends to pursue a strategic partnership with Belgium in various fields,” he added.

The President is in Belgium to participate in the  Commemorative Summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union.

Marcos is also set to hold bilateral meetings with leaders from Belgium, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Finland, the Netherlands, and the European Union.

Marcos also met Brussels Airport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arnaud Feist at the sidelines of ASEAN-EU Union Commemorative Summit in Belgium.

According to the Office of the Press Secretary, Marcos and Feist discussed the possible opening of direct flights from Belgium to the Philippines to support the development of the economy and tourism of the Philippines, Western Europe, as well as countries in Southeast Asia. —Richa Noriega/NB, GMA Integrated News