Monday, November 19, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Cayetano, Esperon meet with US counterparts

By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
/ 07:00 AM June 23, 2018

Senior members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet have flown to the United States and met with their counterparts amid criticisms of the government’s reaction to the harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese coast guards in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. briefed US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, on Thursday about the latest situation in the West Philippine Sea and other security-related issues.

ADVERTISEMENT

On the other hand, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House in Washington.

Work together

FEATURED STORIES

“Our meeting with Ambassador Bolton provided us with an opportunity to discuss how we could work together to further strengthen our security alliance,” said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez.

Besides the West Philippine Sea issue, Romualdez said Esperon also discussed with Bolton the situation in the Korean Peninsula and concerns about terrorism.

Romualdez also said Cayetano handed to Pompeo a letter from President Duterte commending Trump for his historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The visit of Esperon and Cayetano to Washington happened two weeks after the media reported that Chinese coast guards were harassing Filipino fishermen and seizing their prime catch in Panatag.

Cayetano had rejected calls to file a formal diplomatic protest, saying Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua’s assurance that Beijing would investigate the incident was enough.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Alan Peter Cayetano, China-Philippines relations, DFA, harassment of fishermen, Hermogenes Esperon Jr., John Bolton, Maritime Dispute, Mike Pompeo, Rodrigo Duterte, South China Sea, US officials, West Philippine Sea
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.