Ambassador Gong Jianwei, Executive Director of CICA Secretariat paid a bilateral visit to the Republic of the Philippines on 2-3 March 2018. During his visit, Ambassador Gong Jianwei held a meeting withH.E. Mr. Enrique A. Manalo, Under Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines on 2 March 2018.
Ambassador Gong briefed Mr. Manalo about entire gamut of the CICA process including structure of CICA, progress made by CICA in 25 years since its initiation and its future directions, implementation of confidence building measures among the CICA Member States, forthcoming CICA events and cooperation with other regional and international organisations. Ambassador Gong also informed him about membership and observer status of ASEAN countries in CICA and efforts of CICA to develop relations with other ASEAN countries as well as with ASEAN Secretariat.
Mr. Manalo mentioned that objectives of CICA to promote peace, security and stability in the region are in line with the foreign policy objectives of the Philippines. He expressed appreciation for the efforts of CICA to promote these objectives. He mentioned that the Philippines supports closer cooperation between CICA and ASEAN to create synergy for promoting common objectives of the two organisations. Mr. Manalo also mentioned that the Philippines would continue to extend its support to the CICA process in its capacity as an observer state and would also consider becoming full member of the CICA family in near future.