Saturday, 02 June 2012 11:02
President Benigno S. Aquino III will make an Oval Visit with President Barack Obama on June 6 to 8, their fourth meeting since the Philippine Chief Executive entered Malacanang in June 2010, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday.
The visit comes when the Philippines is winding up in July its role as Country Leader for the United States in the US-Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN-US).
Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly praised the Philippines' two-year leadership of the group. Myanmar takes over the helm.
Aquino and Obama "will discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues that reflect the multi-faceted nature of the two countries’ strategic partnership," according to DFA.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario described the forthcoming visit as one that "reflects the heightened engagement between the Philippines and the U.S. as evidenced by the upward trajectory of high-level exchanges, including the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD), visits of U.S. Congressional delegations to the Philippines, and the recent 2+2 Meetings in Washington, D.C."
The two leaders last met in Bali, Indonesia in November 2011 at the ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting.
Secretary Clinton will honor the Philippine delegation at a luncheon at the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room of the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Aquino will also meet with leaders of the U.S. Senate at a reception organized by Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hills.
An exclusive reception hosted by the newly-organized U.S.-Philippines Society will also honor President Aquino during his three-day stay.
The Society is a private sector initiative to encourage economic ties, promote trade and investment, support common strategic and political goals, and strengthen cultural, technological, educational, and people-to-people linkages.
The reception marks the launching of the Society, which is co-chaired by former Ambassador to Manila John D. Negroponte, and Manuel V. Pangilinan.
Aquino will also meet with the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles on his way back to Manila.
By Gloria Jane Baylon
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