Palace: Obama's visit to strengthen PH-US ties
Posted at 09/14/2013 2:50 AM | Updated as of 09/15/2013 11:02 AM
MANILA - US President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines next month will strengthen the ties of Washington and Manila, the Palace said Saturday morning.
Malacañang, in a press statement, confirmed a White House announcement that the US leader will be in Manila in October as part of his official state visit to Asian countries.
US President Barack Obama has accepted the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III and will travel to Manila for a two-day visit next month, the Philippine Embassy said.
"President Obama will meet with President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic and people-to-people ties," the Palace said.
The Philippine embassy in the US said Obama's visit is scheduled on October 11 and 12.
The announcement visit was immediately welcomed by US Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. "
"The visit underscores the importance President Obama places on the enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines as well as his regard for President Aquino's leadership," Cuisia said.
“The visit to Manila is an opportunity for President Obama to personally witness the economic transformation in the Philippines that was engendered by President Aquino's good governance agenda,” he added.
“We are optimistic that in their discussions, President Aquino and President Obama will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of defense and security, trade and investment and broader people to people ties,” Cuisia said.
This will be the first visit of President Obama to the Philippines.