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A “strong” US-PH alliance is reiterated by PBBM.

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On Thursday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. underlined the value of strengthening bilateral ties between the Philippines and the United States (US).

After reiterating their “strong relations” at their meeting at Malacanang Palace in Manila with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III.

Austin made him a courtesy call, and Marcos informed him, “I’ll be stating the obvious to say that our oldest partner and ally has been the US.” “I have always stated that I feel the US will always need to be involved in the development of the Philippines and, for that matter, the Asia Pacific because those connections are so strong,”

Austin’s opinions on a number of geopolitical issues, particularly those affecting the Asia Pacific, were also thanked by Marcos, who said that the area “can only navigate successfully with the help of our friends and our allies in the international realm.”

He stated, “We appreciate you taking the time to visit with us and potentially exchange some ideas, views, and information about the present geopolitical situation, and of course more particularly here in the Asia-Pacific region.

Austin spoke with National Security Advisor Eduardo Ao and Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo in the Palace’s Aguado Mansion prior to his meeting with Marcos.

Austin’s trip to Manila is anticipated to fortify the two countries’ defense pacts and alliance.

Austin is on his second trip to the Philippines. He visited in April 2022 to strengthen the partnership between Manila and Washington, DC.

The US-Philippines Society paid Marcos a courtesy call at Malacanang on Monday, during which he stated that the two nations’ partnerships “have grown as crucial as ever.”

And at that point, he continued, “we look once more to our friends and partners in the United States to be our treaty partner, and of course, to our neighbors in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the broader Asia Pacific region reaching up to the Indo-Pacific.”

Austin reaffirmed US Vice President Joe Biden’s pledge to strengthen bilateral relations “in every manner conceivable” in his speech.

According to Austin, the United States views the Philippines as an “essential ally.”

“You mentioned the strength of our relationship a lot of times, and I agree with you. We do have a good connection, and my goal—as well as President Biden’s goal—is to make that relationship even stronger, according to Austin.

Austin also promised to increase US military assistance to the Philippines.

From a defense standpoint, we will continue to collaborate with our excellent allies to develop and upgrade your capabilities and boost our interoperability because you are a crucial and significant ally, he said.

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