US, PHL top diplomats tackle WPS, terrorism, regional issues

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to work closely together to further reinforce the partnership between the Philippines and the United States during their meeting on June 21 at US Department of State.

According to Philippine Ambassador to United State Jose Manuel Romualdez Secretary Pompeo expressed hope for another meeting between President Duterte and President Trump as a follow up to the productive and warm friendship that the two leaders developed during the Philippine hosting of the ASEAN Summit in Manila last November.

“Secretary Cayetano and Secretary Pompeo had an open and cordial interaction at the State Department today and we are optimistic this would reinforce the ties that bind the relations between our two countries and peoples,” Ambassador to United State Jose Manuel Romualdez said.

“The Secretary told Secretary Pompeo the Philippines views the current developments in the Korean peninsula with optimism and that the Philippines is hoping the positive momentum generated by the Singapore Summit will bode well for the broader Asia-Pacific region,” Ambassador Romualdez said.

Secretary Cayetano also conveyed President Rodrigo Duterte’s message congratulating President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month.

US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said Pompeo “reaffirmed the longstanding US-Philippines alliance and discussed ongoing efforts to address regional issues such as North Korea, the South China Sea, and counterterrorism.”

“Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Cayetano also explored opportunities to enhance bilateral trade, increase security cooperation, and strengthen people-to-people ties between our two countries,” Nauert said.