Trump Offered To Help The Philippines Fight The Pandemic In A Conversation With Duterte
Donald Trump in a phone conversation with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte offered the Philippines additional assistance in the fight against the new coronavirus. This was reported on Sunday by the White House press service.
"President Trump expressed his solidarity and offered additional assistance to the Philippines as that country continues to fight the COVID-19 [coronavirus-caused disease] pandemic. The two leaders agreed to continue working together as long-standing allies to defeat the pandemic, save lives and restore global economic power, " the statement said.
The head of the Washington administration expressed his condolences to Duterte in connection with the death of 11 soldiers of the Philippine army in a shootout with the militants of the Abu Sayyaf group (swore allegiance to the banned terrorist organization "Islamic state)."
Also, the presidents discussed strengthening economic and cultural ties between the two countries, as well as security ties.
On January 30, the first case of coronavirus infection was detected in the Philippines. On February 1, the Republic became the first territory outside of China to register a death due to coronavirus. On March 31 and April 12, there were the largest daily increases in the number of infected and dead (537 and 50, respectively). The country has a state of emergency for six months.