France secures interest in peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region amid territorial dispute – Manila Bulletin

France ensures interest in peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region amid a territorial dispute

The French government has ensured its interest in peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region amid continued tension in the South China Sea involving the Philippines, the recent incident occurred last month in Ayungin Shoal.

In a statement, the Department of National Defense (DND) said it was the assurance given by Bertrand Lortholary, director for Asia and Oceania, Department for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, during his meeting with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

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“Director Lortholary’s brief visit to Manila is part of his working tour of South East Asia. He underlined that Africa and the Indo-Pacific are France’s priorities under its next Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in 2022, ”the press release said.

“He also expressed France’s continued interest in the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region,” he added.

Lortholary was accompanied by officials from the French Embassy headed by Ambassador Michèle Boccoz during her meeting with Lorenzana.

For her part, Lorenzana reiterated that the Philippines will continue to engage other requesting states through peaceful and diplomatic means on the western Philippine Sea side of the South China Sea.

The Philippines is engaged in a territorial dispute with neighboring countries in the South China Sea. Sea.

Last month, the Chinese Coast Guard reportedly fired water cannons at Philippine supply ships for their troops stationed at Ayungin Shoal.