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The US delegation recognizes the significance of PH in security and defense policies.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday that the US congressional delegation (CODEL) had confirmed Manila’s “exceptional importance” in US defense and security policy.

DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo acknowledged in a tweet that he had met with the delegation on Friday at the agency’s Pasay City office. The delegation was led by Senator Edward Markey.

“Earlier today, I discussed the general course and future of bilateral ties under the incoming Philippine administration with a US Congressional delegation, chaired by (Senator Markey),” he stated.

The remarkable role of the Philippines and the alliance in US defense and security strategy was reiterated by the CODEL, he continued.

Manalo emphasized the value of Manila’s bilateral relationship with Washington, D.C., during the delegation’s courtesy call, adding that “continuing diplomatic engagement with other regional actors, including Asean, is essential in promoting the peace and prosperity of both countries and the region as a whole.”

Representatives John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal, Don Beyer, and Aumua Amata were present with Markey, as well as Heather Variava, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Manila.

The US Embassy added in a separate statement that the ongoing interaction between the two countries, as evidenced by the CODEL visit, demonstrated the “strong commitment of the US to expand our relationship with the Philippines as friends, partners, and allies.”

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