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U.S., PHL defense, foreign affairs officials to discuss alliance

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WASHINGTON - The United States and Philippine defense and foreign affairs officials will discuss the alliance between the two nations Monday at the U.S. State Department, the American defense officials said Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will meet with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin.

It is the first time this "two-plus-two" type of meeting will occur between the two nations, American Forces Press Service reported.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain John Kirby said the Philippines is "a terrific partner in that part of the world", and the United States enjoys a rotational presence in and around the Philippines and the U.S. military wants to work with the Philippine counterpart to continue an "already good" rotation and training relationship.

The U.S. relationship with the Philippines is "part and parcel" of the larger U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, he said, yet adding the U.S. military is not looking for "permanent basing there."

BY: PNA/Xinhua




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