Philippines seeks ways to beef up defence, trade ties with RoK hinh anh 1Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on June 3 that he will discuss defense, security and trade issues with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in during his visit to the country next week.

In a speech before departing for Seoul, Duterte said discussion between him and his Korean counterpart will cover various issues, including ways to further improve bilateral ties in trade, defense and security cooperation, investments in infrastructure, information, and information and communications technology (ICT), and tourism.

He said he will highlight the need for bilateral work to help achieve greater security by addressing conventional and emerging threats to stability in the two nations.

Duterte is also scheduled to meet with Korean business leaders to encourage them to become reliable partners, contributing to promoting economic growth of the Philippines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said during the visit, four agreements will be signed between the sides, including memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on transportation, science and technology, trade and economic cooperation.

Last year, about 1.6 million RoK people visited the Philippines and 450,000 Filipinos travelled to the RoK. There are about 68,000 Filipinos living and studying in the RoK-VNA