Islamabad, December 15, 2017 (PPI-OT):President of Philippines H.E. Mr Rodrigo Rao Duterte visited Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF at Port Manila (Philippines). PNS SAIF arrived Port Manila for three days goodwill cum training visit to Philippines. Upon arrival off Manila, the Ship was escorted by Philippines Navy Ship and warmly received by Defence Attache of Pakistan and Philippines Navy officials.
Shortly after arrival of the ship, President of Philippines H.E. Mr Rodrigo Rao Duterte visited the ship. Upon arrival on board, smartly turned out Naval contingent presented Guard of Honour to the President. The President was given briefing regarding operational capability of the ship followed by visit of the ship. The President of Philippines interacted with the ship’s crew and appreciated the operational competence.
During discussion, President Rodrigo Rao Duterte cherished the existing cordial relations between Pakistan and Philippines and reiterated that such interactions will pave the way in further strengthening the bonds of friendship between two countries. He also highlighted that Pakistan and Philippines have maintained close and mutually supportive relations since long.
He lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy towards international community, which helped in maintaining stability, to curb terrorism and ensuring safety of sea farers through regular deployment of PN ships in Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea. The President also conveyed well wishes for the People of Pakistan in general and Pakistan Navy in particular. The visit of President on board PNS SAIF has been given wide coverage in local print and electronic media in Philippines.
For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan