GMA FLYS TO MACAU FOR  BRIEF STOPOVER  BEFORE  SAUDI  STATE  VISIT

MANILA,
May 7, 2006 (STAR) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left Saturday morning for a brief visit to the Macau Special Administrative Region before her state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sunday.

Pres. Arroyo is set to be the principal sponsor at the church wedding of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Carissa Vera-Cruz and businessman Juju Evangelista this afternoon at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Macau.

The plane bearing the President took off from Villamor Air Base, Pasay City at 8:30 a.m. She was accompanied by First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo.

On Sunday morning, the President, accompanied by a small delegation of Cabinet officials and businessmen, leaves for a four-day state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to foster amity and strengthen trade and economic relations between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

She will visit Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, all in KSA, and discuss with top Saudi officials a wide range of issues of mutual interest to the two countries, including the global oil situation and welfare of thousands of Filipino overseas workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom.

The President is also expected to take up with Saudi leaders the Philippines’ bid for an observer status in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Philippine government is also expected to finalize several agreements with the Saudi government, including the further strengthening of the cooperation on energy concerns between the two countries.

The Philippines imports nearly all its petroleum needs. To cushion the impact of an energy crisis, the President has implemented strict energy conservation measures in the government sector, even as she called on the private sector to make similar conservation efforts.

The Philippines is also seeking observer status in the OIC, the world’s biggest grouping of Muslim countries, as part of its efforts to resolve the Muslim separatist movement in Mindanao.

The President and her delegation will return to Manila on Thursday, May 11.

Arroyo leaves Sunday for four-day state visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 05/07 11:29:56 AM

President Gloria Arroyo leaves this Sunday for a four-day state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to foster amity and strengthen trade and economic relations between the two countries.

She will visit Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, all in KSA, and discuss with top Saudi officials a wide range of issues of mutual interest to the two countries, including the global oil situation and welfare of thousands of Filipino overseas workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom.

The President is also expected to take up with Saudi leaders the Philippines’ bid for an observer status in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Philippine government is also expected to finalize several agreements with the Saudi government, including the further strengthening of the cooperation on energy concerns between the two countries.

The Philippines imports nearly all its petroleum needs. To cushion the impact of an energy crisis, the President has implemented strict energy conservation measures in the government sector, even as she called on the private sector to make similar conservation efforts.

The Philippines is seeking observer status in the OIC, the world’s biggest grouping of Muslim countries, as part of its efforts to resolve the Muslim separatist rebellion in Mindanao.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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