Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Mexican President Vicente Fox pledged to work together on international security issues on Tuesday, the same day a Philippine diplomat was released by militants in Afghanistan.
Macapagal Arroyo, who is in Mexico on a two day visit, praised the release of Angelito Nayan, and said she would continue to work for the safe return of accountant Robert Tarongoy, who was abducted in Baghdad on Nov. 1 with an unidentified American.
UN workers Nayan, Annetta Flanigan from Northern Ireland, and Shqipe Hebibi of Kosovo were "abandoned" by their captors in the Afghan capital
early Tuesday morning.
Macapagal Arroyo met Fox in Mexico City, where she stopped briefly on her way home from an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Chile.
The two pledged to support reforms that would make the United Nations stronger. And they promised to continue World Trade Organisation talks aimed at removing barriers to international commerce.
In 2003, Mexico invested 1.4 (b) illion dollars in the Philippines, mostly from cement giant Cementos Mexicanos.