President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his election and inauguration as President of the Philippines.
President Duterte, 71, won the presidential election in May, and was sworn in as the Philippines’ 16the President on June 30. He succeeds Benigno Aquino III, a Foreign Ministry release said.
President Sirleaf assured President Duterte of her government’s determination to continue strengthening the cordial relations subsisting between their two countries. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands.