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Malacañang welcomes successful Trump-Kim summit, promises PH support

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the successful meeting of United States (U.S.) President Donald J. Trump with North Korean (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, saying it underscores the “value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue.”

“We welcome the landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. said in a statement.

“This development, which has underscored in the strongest terms the value of diplomacy and peaceful dialogue, augurs well for the peace, security and stability in the region and the world,” he said.

The Palace also said it is willing to support the budding US-DPRK friendship. “History has indeed been written. At the same time, this is but the beginning of a process. The Philippines is ready and willing to lend its support toward bringing it to fruition,” Mr. Roque also said. — Arjay L. Balinbin