Wednesday, December 18, 2013

US renews commitment to Philippine security amid tensions in Asia

The United States renews its commitment to the security of the Philippines and the Asian region with the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry in the country.

Kerry arrived in the Philippines Tuesday morning and met President Benigno S. Aquino III later in the day.

In a joint press conference after a meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Kerry said the US is committed to address the most pressing Philippine security challenge.

This is the reason why the US and the Philippines are negotiating for a strong and enduring framework agreement that would enhance defense cooperation between the two countries including increased rotational presence of US forces in the Philippines, he said.

Part of this initiative is the commitment of the United States of $ 40 million to improve the country's capability for maritime security and maritime domain awareness, according to Kerry.

The US government is also working to reduce tension in the territories with maritime disputes in Asia.

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