President Marcos Jr. Will First Philippine Leader to Address Australian Parliament

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will address the Australian Parliament this week while visiting the capital city of Canberra from February 28th to 29th.

During his trip, the strategic partnership between Australia and the Philippines signed last year will be discussed, also addressing crucial topics such as defense, trade, security, investment, regional issues, cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.

Marcos will join the list of 16 world leaders, including former United States President George H.W. Bush, Barrack Obama, former Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe, Chinese Leader Xi Jinping, and former Sinagaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, who also addressed the Australian Parliament.

Australia and the Philippines previously signed a Comprehensive Partnership in 2015 before increasing relations by signing a Strategic Partnership in 2023. The two countries have a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA), one of only two countries that the Philippines entered into an agreement with.