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Duterte to make historic visit to Israel in coming months, shop for military hardware

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is planning a visit to Israel in September, with talks to coordinate the meeting taking place between the two countries.

Plans for the visit began forming a year ago. A senior official told Haaretz at the time Duterte had expressed will to visit Jerusalem and received a generally positive response. The Philippines is also considered a leading candidate among countries to potentially move their embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel is hoping the visit will help establish direct flights between the two countries, as well as promote mutual financial investments.

In October 2017, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Duterte as part of his efforts to recruit countries to vote against a UNESCO resolution regarding Jerusalem. A Foreign Ministry official said at the time the two had a good talk.

President of the Philippines to make historic visit to Israel in coming months

In his first major official visit to the West, Duterte chooses Israel; President reportedly excited to visit Jerusalem, to hold meetings centered on increasing ties in security and arms sales.

The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced he will be visiting Israel in the coming months, his visit reportedly to center on increasing security ties with Israel.

Duterte has made only very few diplomatic visits to neighboring Asian countries, the Filipino president having never made an official visit to the West, making Israel his first official visit to a Western country since taking office in June of 2016.

Duterte is an outspoken Zionist and supporter of the Jewish state, and is reportedly excited to visit Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Duterte by phone in October of 2016 in efforts to gain support against the UNESCO resolution denying Jewish ties and history to Jerusalem.

Israel and the Philippines hold strong ties in security and arms sales. Duterte’s visit will center on increasing these ties.

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