Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the arms aid in combatting militants loyal to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Marawi, as the two leaders held a bilateral meeting in Da Nang, Friday.
Duterte expressed gratitude to Putin for his “timely assistance, especially, the trucks and the arms that you have sent,” adding that the new arms “were given to the special units of the armed forces of the Philippines.”
In turn, Putin said that Moscow is willing to strengthen cooperation with the Philippines, noting that the fight against terrorism remains “one of our common tasks and concerns.”
Putin met with Duterte on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Founded in 1989, APEC is a forum of 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region, including the United States, Russia and China.