Prime Minister Kishida met with Ferdinand Marcos, who won the presidential election in the Philippines, over the phone and agreed to work together to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

The telephone conversation between Prime Minister Kishida and Mr. Marcos was held for about 15 minutes on the morning of the 20th.

In this, Prime Minister Kishida congratulated Mr. Marcos on the economic and security fields such as infrastructure development through the framework of economic cooperation and ministerial discussions on foreign affairs and defense, so-called "2 plus 2". I conveyed my thoughts on cooperation.

In response, Mr. Marcos said, "Relationship with Japan is extremely important for the Philippines. In the future, we would like to deepen cooperation with Prime Minister Kishida in a wide range of fields." It matched.

In addition, Prime Minister Kishida said, "We would like to work closely toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific," keeping in mind the trends of China and North Korea. We have confirmed the policy of working together.