AN EMISSARY of US President Barrack Obama is set to visit the country next week to meet officials of the newly-inaugurated Aquino administration.

The US State Department said that Undersecretary of State Bill Burns will be in the country from July 20 to 21.

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“Undersecretary Burns will travel to the Philippines to consult with senior officials in the new Aquino Administration and discuss ways to advance cooperation with this important ally,” it added.

The visit will be part of the US official’s scheduled travel to the Southeast Asian region.

Other destinations for Burns include Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

Burns was in Bangkok, Thailand Friday to meet with senior government officials, including Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, via a Strategic Dialogue session in a bid to advance US-Thai cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest.

Today (Saturday), Burns will be in Phnom Penh to meet with senior Cambodian officials to discuss partnership with Cambodia as well as to participate in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of US-Cambodia bilateral relations.

Prior to his Philippine visit, Burns will be in Jakarta this Sunday and Monday to discuss America’s continued work with Indonesia to build the Comprehensive Partnership as well as intensifying their cooperation on regional security challenges. (AMN/Sunnex)