Palace: Obama visit in Manila to further strengthen relations of two countries-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and United States Barack Obama are expected to discuss issues that will further strengthen the alliance of the two countries when the latter visits Manila next month, Malacanang said Saturday.
In an interview over dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Obama will be in the country on October 11-12.
Asked if the West Philippine Sea issue will be part of the bilateral meeting of the two leaders, Valte said that she was not yet aware of the specific agenda.
"But, I imagine that the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) will also give a sort of briefing on this," she said.
The Philippines and China have been locked in a tense territorial row over the West Philippine Sea. The US has been seeking for a peaceful resolution of the dispute and to ensure the freedom of navigation in that part of the sea.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Aquino has invited Obama to visit the country.
"President Obama will meet President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic, and people-to-people ties," he said.
The White House said on Friday that the US President will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from October 6 to 12 as part of his ongoing commitment to increase US political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific.
In Indonesia, Obama will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders meeting. Apec is the region's leading forum for trade and investment integration.
He will then travel to Brunei for the US-Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS) and to meet with the Sultan of Brunei.
After Brunei, the US leader will proceed to Malaysia to meet with Prime Minister Najib Razak. Obama will highlight the US's growing bilateral ties with Malaysia, and also deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
The last leg of Obama’s Asian visit will be the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he has visited during his presidency. He will meet with
Aquino to reaffirm the strong economic, people-to-people, and security links between the two countries, the White House said. (SDR/Sunnex)