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US Secretary of State to visit PH, other Asian countries

/ 07:07 PM August 02, 2017

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson gestures while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur from August 5 to 9, the US Embassy in Manila said on Wednesday.

His visit reaffirms the US administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance US economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region, the embassy said in a statement.

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He will participate in the Asean Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the US-Asean Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial in Manila.

Tillerson is expected to meet his counterparts and discuss a range of issues including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security and counterterrorism.

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In Thailand, he is scheduled to pay respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and engage Thai officials on the enduring US-Thailand partnership and regional issues.

He will also meet officials in Kuala Lumpur to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations, the embassy said. F. Mangosing

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