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Aquino offers help to Myanmar’s transition to democracy
The minister, who was welcomed by the president in the Philippine Palace, arrived in Manila for the second meeting of the Philippines-Burma (Myanmar) Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation.
Communications secretary Ricky Carandang said the two leaders discussed the democratic reforms being undertaken in Myanmar.
Carandang told reporters that the president related the Philippines’ own transition to democracy and said Filipinos are ready to share their experience with Myanmar.
Carandang said that the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) issue was discussed in passing during the meeting.
"The President said that a resolution of the territorial issue would enhance stability in the entire region,” he said.
Carandang said the president did not ask Myanmar’s support on Manila’s ongoing dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea.
Both Manila and Beijing have overlapping territorial claims over all the islands in the region.
Both countries are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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