Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Ahmet Yıldız received Ambassador Maria Rowena Mendoza Sanchez of the Republic of the Philippines on 21 November 2016.
In the meeting, which provided an opportunity to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, the importance of strengthening people-to-people ties between Turkey and the Philippines was underlined. Ambassador Sanchez pointed out that Turkey Scholarship Program has particularly played a significant role in this regard.
The Philippines will take over the Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017 when ASEAN will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In the meeting, the wish was expressed for a successful conclusion of Turkey’s application process for Sectoral Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN under the Chairmanship of the Philippines.