August 17, 2011
Werner Hoyer Support for Philippine
Party of the Philippines president, Secretary MAR Roxas with
While in Manila 4-6 August, German deputy foreign minister Werner
Hoyer had a first hand view of the reforms being enacted by the
government of liberal President Benigno "Noynoy"
. "We should continue to strengthen the exchange
between Europe and South East Asia," Hoyer said. "That
includes stronger economic ties
." He felt that the region had gained
in economic importance for European companies, but that it also
gained in political strength.
Werner Hoyer, who was president of the European
Liberal Party (ELDR) from 2000-2005, met with Transport
Secretary Mar Roxas, the current president of the
Liberal Party of the Philippines. They discussed questions
of trade and economy. He also met with Justice Secretary
Leila de Lima to talk about human rights
issues and a German-sponsored project for legal reform, and discussed
German and European relations with the Philippines, the peace
process in Mindanao and regional developments with Foreign
Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Secretary Leila de Lima with Werner Hoyer
"It is so important that the German deputy foreign minister
came to support the reforms of the Philippine government
and to urge them to continue along this path." said FNF Philippines
Country Director Jules Maaten.
It was Werner Hoyer's first visit as Minister of State at the
Federal Foreign Office to South East Asia. After Manila he went
on the visit Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.