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Prime Minister Julia Gillard met the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, at APEC last week.
The Prime Minister offered Australia’s condolences for the loss of lives and devastation caused by typhoons and flooding last month. Australia has provided emergency relief assistance through the Philippine Red Cross and for supplies, food and income support.
The Prime Minister welcomed President Aquino’s commitment to good governance and human rights.
The Prime Minister and the President discussed the agenda for the APEC Leaders’ Summit. The Prime Minister said Australia supported the Summit’s green growth priorities for APEC, including on trade in environmental goods and services.
The Prime Minister looked forward to meeting the President at the East Asia Summit, noting that membership of the EAS by the United States and Russia provided an important opportunity for the EAS to explore its full mandate of economic, political and security issues.
Sent by the Prime Minister’s Office