Marcos names career diplomat as Philippine new foreign secretary

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MANILA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos swore in career diplomat Luis Enrique Manalo as the country's new foreign secretary on Friday.

Before his appointment, Manalo, 69, was the permanent Philippine representative to the United Nations. He previously served as undersecretary for policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and also acted as acting foreign secretary during the Duterte administration.

Having been working with the DFA since 1979, Manalo has a seasoned career, serving as ambassador in various countries and international organizations, including Britain and the European Union.

In a speech in June, Marcos vowed to foster "stronger and deeper" Philippines-China relations.

He said the relations with China are "very important" and "advantageous to both countries," considering China as his country's "strongest partner" in pandemic recovery.

"We look forward to continuing fostering this relationship. Making it stronger. Making it deeper and to the advantage of our two great countries," Marcos said, adding that he sees the future of Philippines-China relations "developing in many ways." Enditem

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