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Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles C. Jose (in barong) presents his credentials to Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia Muhammad V (in green baju melayu) in ceremonies held at the Istana Negara. Joining him in this photo are Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Raly Tejada (in black suit), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Istana Negara officials. (photo courtesy of Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia)

21 August 2017—The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported today that Ambassador Charles C. Jose presented his credentials before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV (King) of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V, in ceremonies held on August 17 at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

He presented his credentials along with envoys from Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, France, Indonesia, Sudan, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Norway, Timor Leste and Uruguay.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Jose presented his Letters of Credence and the Letter of Recall of his predecessor, and also conveyed the good wishes of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the Agong and the government and people of Malaysia.

“Since a Philippine Legation was established in Kuala Lumpur in 1929, formal diplomatic relations have been nurtured throughout the years, thus enhancing cooperation in the political, economic, security, tourism and other fields,” Ambassador Jose said.

“It is with great honor and strong determination that I embrace the responsibility of being the representative of my country to Malaysia.  It is a challenge for me to ensure that our cooperation in all fields will be sustained and further enhanced.  I look forward to His Majesty’s support and guidance in the conduct of my mission,” he added.

Present during the event were Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and other Istana Negara officials.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Malaysia began in October 1959 when the Philippine Legation was established in Kuala Lumpur, and was elevated into a full Embassy two years later.  Ambassador Jose is the 11th Philippine envoy to Malaysia.  END

Ambassador Jose signs the Istana Negara guestbook before his presentation of credentials, while Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General Tejada (standing, center), Assistant Grand Chamberlain Azuan Effendi bin Zairakthnaini (standing, right) and an Istana Negara protocol officer look on. (photo courtesy of Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia)