Sunday, 30 October 2011 16:01
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit the Philippines on November 15 for a one-day official working visit and have a bilateral meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario announced on Wednesday.
Del Rosario said Clinton will arrive in the country right after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii next month before going to Bali, Indonesia to attend the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
“I think it will be in terms of bilateral and multilateral issues. We are looking for a discussion on many areas of cooperation,” Del Rosario said when asked whether the US Secretary of State’s visit is related to the West Philippine Sea issue.
This will be Clinton’s second official trip to the Philippines as US Secretary of State but only her first under President Aquino’s administration. Her first visit to the country was in November 2009.
“I recall inviting her to come over when I went to Washington D.C.,” Del Rosario told reporters when he was asked whether Clinton’s visit was made through an invitation extended by the country to her or on her own.
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