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Ambassador Jessen: Angara a true friend of EU

May 14, 2018 @ 6:24
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European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen has expressed sadness over the death of former Senator Edgardo Angara.

Angara, who hailed from Baler, Aurora, was President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy to the EU.

“I am saddened to hear that Senator Ed Angara, a statesman and a good friend, has passed away,” Jessen said Sunday, May 13.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Ed was a great patriot and a true friend of the EU,” he added.

Angara, who was appointed as special envoy to EU in May last year, passed away on Sunday. He was 83.

He played an important role in the relationship between the Philippines and EU in the wake of Duterte’s strong statements against the regional grouping.

There was a point in time when Duterte told the EU members that they were free to cut ties with the Philippines after some members of its Parliament criticized the government’s bloody war on illegal drugs.

The President also rejected EU’s aid with conditions, particularly relating to human rights.

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