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Aquino expresses gratitude to China, Hong Kong for their understanding

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov 15 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has expressed his gratitude to People’s Republic of China President Hu Jintao and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive Donald Tsang for understanding the circumstances surrounding the August 23 hostage-taking incident in Manila.

Speaking before some 1,000 members of the Filipino community at the Yokohama Futaba High School late Sunday afternoon, the President informed the crowd of the fruitful discussion he had with Mr. Tsang and that they were both looking forward to a favorable conclusion of the issue.

The President met with Mr. Tsang ahead of the start of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting here last Saturday and had the opportunity to discuss the issue.

“The meeting with Mr. Donald Tsang was most cordial, and contrary to what had been reported that there were differences between us, it just wasn’t so. We had a fruitful discussion and a closure to this unfortunate incident could be expected,” said the President.

“And for this, our sincerest thanks to Chief Executive Donald Tsang and President Hu Jintao for being truly considerate and understanding of our predicament then, as well as our shortcomings when the sorry incident happened,” said the President. (MNS)

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