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| 11/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

Arroyo, Uribe see similarities in style

Nov 25 --Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia discovered they are addressing the fallout from the global financial crisis and their country’s insurgencies in the same way -- by uplifting the lives of the poor -- Malacañang said Tuesday.

Arroyo and Uribe "exchanged governance tips amid banter" during a one and a half hour meeting in the coastal city of Cartagena, and concluded that while their two countries are "worlds apart," they have "many similarities and strengths and share common challenges and solutions," the Palace said in a statement.

When asked by Arroyo, Uribe said he was extending "direct help" to the poor, including conditional cash transfers, and ensuring food security. He also said that his government was "addressing" its insurgency problem, the statement said.

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