US, PHL national security advisers meet in Washington

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. and his American counterpart US National Security Advisor (NSA) John R. Bolton held their first meeting on June 21 in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm the importance of the security alliance between the Philippines and the United States.

According to Philippine Embassy in Washington, Secretary Esperon was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano during the meeting with Bolton at the White House.

“Our meeting with [John R. Bolton] provided us with an opportunity to discuss how we could work together to further strengthen our security alliance,” Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said.

At the meeting, Secretary Esperon expressed the country’s gratitude for Us’ assistance extended during last year’s siege in Marawi and its commitment to contribute to the rehabilitation of the city.

Ambassador Romualdez said Secretary Esperon also discussed with Bolton issues related to terrorism and other regional security concerns, such as the situation in the West Philippine Sea and the Korean Peninsula.