Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — Israel’s innovation and technologies were the main topics during the courtesy call of its envoy to the Philippines with incoming president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the diplomat said on Monday.
“In general, we discussed about creating bridges between Israel and the Philippines to get our relations closer. I would say creating bridges of innovation between our two countries,” said Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss after meeting with Marcos.
He was among the envoys Marcos met with today, along with Russia, Egypt, and Denmark.
A global hub of innovation and source of technologies, Fluss said he and the president-elect discussed how Israel's practices can contribute to Philippine development.
The envoy said one of the priority areas they tackled was agriculture — an industry where Israel is also considered a global leader. He said Marcos was particularly interested in sustainable agriculture.
Fluss added that defense was among the many areas of cooperation he discussed with Marcos, though he said they did not touch on any specific deals.
The Philippines and Israel have enjoyed diplomatic relations for 55 years.