Top US military man to discuss security issues with PH

Posted at 06/03/12 7:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the United States, General Martin Dempsey, will meet with Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Jessie Dellosa on Monday to discuss security issues.

Dempsey will make a stop in the Philippines, after attending the "Shangri-La Dialogue" in Singapore with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, US Command Admiral Samuel Locklear and representatives from across Asia.

"He (Dempsey) will have a short meeting (with the AFP chief) to discuss military and security concerns," said AFP spokesman Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos.

He could not say, however, if both will discuss the ongoing standoff between the country and China.

"We have no information. We'll know after the meeting," he said.

He said the meeting is meant to enhance both nations’ Mutual Defense Treaty. “It will [also] enhance the bilateral relations between both countries' armed forces. It will enhance security cooperation and further enhance relations between US armed forces and the Philippine military," he said.

The meeting also comes a day after Panetta announced that majority of US warships will be brought to the Asia Pacific Region by 2020.