Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived on Thursday in Manila for a two-day official state visit.
Abe arrived in Manila at about 3p.m. accompanied by his wife, First Lady Akie Abe.
His meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte will take place in Malacañang before he flies to Davao City in the evening.
Duterte said he is again meeting with a “special friend who’s closer than a brother.”
Both leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of topics, including counter terrorism, drug rehabilitation projects, infrastructure development, maritime cooperation, and development projects, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.