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PEACE EFFORT

June 17, 2024 People's Journal 114 views

PH among 90 countries that attended peace summit in Switzerland

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. was among the 90 representatives of different countries who participated in the Ukraine peace summit held in Buergenstock, Switzerland.

The leaders of different countries gathered to reach a consensus regarding Ukraine’s peace proposal.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed OPAPRU Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to represent the Philippines in the peace summit.

It is known that China, a well-known all-out supporter of Russia, did not attend the event, which is now more than two years into the war in Ukraine.

For Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the peace summit was successful because of the attendance of world leaders that can be considered historic.

US President Joe Biden was also unable to attend the peace summit but he sent US Vice President Kamala Harris.

The peace summit is focused on the issue of war even on food and nuclear security.

On the eve of the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would end the war if Kyiv agreed to drop its NATO ambitions and hand over four provinces claimed by Moscow.

However, Ukraine and its allies quickly rejected the proposal.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is trying to develop a defense cooperation agreement with New Zealand similar to the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States.

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. has met New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Raymond Peters to discuss a similar agreement as the U.S.

According to the Defense department, this is the first time a high-ranking official from New Zealand has visited.

Teodoro expressed gratitude for New Zealand’s strong support to the Philippines.

The Philippines is trying to develop a defense cooperation agreement with New Zealand similar to the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States.

Teodoro said it was the first time a high-ranking official from New Zealand had visited the Philippines.

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