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PH, US hold first 2+2 meeting in Washington


The Philippines-United States 2+2 meeting on April 30 in Washington, D.C., will be the first of its kind in the deepening relations between the two countries, the Department of National Defense said Friday.

“The meeting will be the first of its kind in the history of Philippines-US bilateral relations. The US has this kind of consultations only with Japan and South Korea,” the DND added.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario flew to the United States on Friday for the meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday.

“It is intended to be a consultation for defense, security, political and economic policies between the two countries,” a statement from the DND said.

The department said Clinton proposed the ministerial consultation when she visited Manila last year for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty of the Philippines and the United States.

Other officials from the principals’ departments will also attend the meeting.

The meeting is expected to focus on economic and political cooperation as well as defense and security cooperation, regional issues, and the contributions of each country to peace and stability of the region.

Preparations for the visit of President Aquino to the United States in the middle of the year are also likely to be discussed, the DND said.

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    • Russell Ariola

       Sana naman kaso sa dami ng mga makasariling mga pinoy, mahirap mangyari eto. Kung di sana tinaboy yung mga US forces sa Clark at Subic, di sana mey bantay palagi yung Panatag shoal na yan kasi harapan lang yan ng Subic naval base eh.

  • Russell Ariola

    Ser Voltaire hingi ka nuong mga kinakalawang na mga destroyers ng US
    navy na nakaparada lang at walang ginagawa sa San Francisco bay.
    Tanung ka rin ser kung pwedeng maka-score tayo nung mga gamit na mga mobile
    artillery ng US army galeng sa Iraq-afghan war, yung mga howitzwer nila na karamihan eh pinamigay sa mga afghani. Siya pang pansindak sa mga kumonistang tsekwa.

  • ofwme2807

    to the Philippine government, you can secure approval from Congress appropriations for the special funding for urgent purchases of military arms for philippine air force and navy to be sourced from the Phil foreign exchange reserves about 2B US dollars and the Malampaya special accounts for the defense and protection of the teritories of the Philippines and other resources….The 2B US dollars can be immediately replenished by the monthly remittances from the OFW’s BPO operations and exports…this special one time purchase should be allowed for the sake and urgent defense needs of the country in the light of Chinese incursions and bullying….Go go Philippines mabuhay ang Pilipinas…

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