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Del Rosario, Clinton to meet in Washington


MANILA, Philippines—The high-level talks between the Philippines and the United States on expanding Washington’s military presence in the country will be held on April 30 in the US capital, according to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

Del Rosario on Tuesday told the Inquirer “the scheduled date of the 2 + 2 meeting in Washington, DC is April 30.”

Aside from Del Rosario, the Philippines will be represented at the meeting by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

The other side will be composed of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

In a text message, Del Rosario said they were still “finalizing the agenda.”

“But I would expect a comprehensive discussion of important bilateral areas of cooperation, especially since this is the first time we will participate in this format,” he said.

First time ever

“We will be guided by having the United States as one of two strategic partners for the Philippines—the other being Japan—and also by having the United States as our only treaty ally,” Del Rosario said.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said “this meeting will be the first time ever the Philippine foreign and defense secretaries together will be meeting with their American counterparts.”

“We are readjusting and fine-tuning our bilateral engagement in view of changes in our regional and global environment,” he said.

“It is our goal to boost our trade and investment relations with the United States,” he added.

Hernandez said “the Philippines and the US are also exploring new modes of cooperation that would enable the Philippines to achieve minimum credible defense capabilities.”

Early in February, Del Rosario told this paper the meeting was tentatively scheduled for late March, adding that he had not heard otherwise from the US side.

On Jan. 27, Manila and Washington issued a joint statement following the completion of their second bilateral strategic dialogue in the US capital, where they looked forward to continuing their high-level consultation at a joint ministerial meeting among Del Rosario, Gazmin, Clinton and Panetta.

The two sides also highlighted what they referred to as “upcoming opportunities for further high-level engagements,” including last month’s visit to the Philippines of US Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro.

During their Jan. 26-27 dialogue, the two allies reaffirmed their “commitment to fulfill the vision of the 2011 Manila Declaration through an invigorated and expanded alliance capable of addressing 21st century challenges.”

Originally posted: 8:53 pm | Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


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  • sh1seadad

    HeIL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screw the leftist Racist!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DEUWFNPX2TQXSPZFAEUMG4W7PQ Miggs

    Security cooperation with another country like the Philippines should be transparent to both countries and would be more beneficial to the host country; As a matter of opinion, this is the best time to shine those who proclaim themselves as INTELLECTUALS to come out and express your requests via media interpolating views; Like what I have in mind. First Agenda demand, The Philippines needed guarantee on how the US would address China’s action, would the country be defending itself?, if so, The Philippine Government requests that surplus military equipment would be FREE OF CHARGE and not in Loans. Second Agenda demand, The US must supply the Philippine Air Force with Adequate knowledge, hardware and logistic supports needed for a strong Air Defense System. In such a way, Coastal Missile Batteries such as Harpoon and Patriot MB should be given a first priority in the defense of the Philippine Islands. Geographically, the US knows the INS and OUT of the Philippine Island Region so must be the support enhanced given rightfully and without reservation. Third Agenda demand, the Philippine NAVY and its fleet, must be given a FREE UPGRADE of Logistics and Radar technology equipment that can safeguard the Region and the territories the Philippine Islands do controlled territorial boundaries and Eco-Zones. Fourth Agenda demand, Any event arises in the course of this action, relating and hosting an Ally in our territory, the US must acknowledge the FILIPINO SOLDIER as its EQUAL, if war may arise, and the call to duty is require, BENEFITS should be given to its ELECTED immediate family for repatriation to safety in any US occupied territories, henceforth, protecting the integrity of both combat soldiers of the US and its host country, The Philippines. Fifth Agenda demand, The LAWS governing these acts should be upon the interests of the Philippine Islands and its inhabitants and following its constitutional mandate for the security of the region as stated in the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.
    These 5 normal demands must be meet and acknowledge by both countries and we’ll be happy to contend on these agendas benefiting the Filipino people, especially the Soldiers of the Philippines.

    • sh1seadad

      The Philippines isnt in any posisition to demand anything. Your war with china is not a U.S. problem. Its a Philippine  and asia problem. Get off your lazy butts and take care of your own country and its problems, stop freeloading! Its no one elses problem but the people of the philippines!  What is wrong with your thinking? maybe to much shabu.

  • goldilock

    Rent / Lease some lot in Palawan, luzon or Spratly  for a 100 year US base. Mutual assistance between allies and for Philippines to jump to outerspace technologies. eq: rocket, space port, satellite technologies.

    • sh1seadad

      Why should the U.S. rent or lease anything to protect your islands. defend your own country and leave the U.S. and other countries out of philippine problems

  • Fz20

    why dont we invite/include Australia? These dudes would have tasted Japanese terror in their land were it not for us holding them japs keeping them busy. its about time they step up and pay back and involve themselves in Asia not just licking themselves down under.

    • sh1seadad

      No the U.S. helped them holding the Japs just like they did in you ungreatfull nation. many of you people on this blog need to really get your history straight.

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