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  • 1 of 15 Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith is on Official Visit to the Philippines, 12-14 July 2017, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

    Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith is on Official Visit to the Philippines, 12-14 July 2017, upon the invitation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

  • 2 of 15 Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education Signed Between the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education Signed Between the Commission on Higher Education of the Republic of the Philippines and the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • 3 of 15 PH Successfully Hosts the 8th ASEAN Connectivity Symposium in Manila

    PH Successfully Hosts the 8th ASEAN Connectivity Symposium in Manila

  • 4 of 15  PH Hosts Forum on ASEAN Connectivity, Calls for MPAC 2025 Effective Implementation

     PH Hosts Forum on ASEAN Connectivity, Calls for MPAC 2025 Effective Implementation

  • 5 of 15 Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano Discusses Ph-EU Relations with EEAS Managing Director Gunnar Wiegand

    Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano Discusses Ph-EU Relations with EEAS Managing Director Gunnar Wiegand

  • 6 of 15 Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano Hosts Eid Al Fitr for the Diplomatic Corps

    Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano Hosts Eid Al Fitr for the Diplomatic Corps

  • 7 of 15 Joint Statement Trilateral Meeting on Security Among the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia

    Joint Statement Trilateral Meeting on Security Among the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia

  • 8 of 15 Philippines and Indonesia Discuss Bilateral Issues

    Philippines and Indonesia Discuss Bilateral Issues

  • 9 of 15 Secretary Cayetano Receives Singapore FM Balakrishnan, Discusses Bilateral Relations and Regional Issues

    Secretary Cayetano Receives Singapore FM Balakrishnan, Discusses Bilateral Relations and Regional Issues

  • 10 of 15 DFA Adds Data Capture Machines to Speed Up Passport Application Processing

    DFA Adds Data Capture Machines to Speed Up Passport Application Processing

  • 11 of 15 Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on 25 May 2017.

    Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on 25 May 2017.

  • 12 of 15 President Rodrigo Duterte Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

    President Rodrigo Duterte Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

  • 13 of 15 Secretary Cayetano Lauds DFA for Professionalism in His First Address

    Secretary Cayetano Lauds DFA for Professionalism in His First Address

  • 14 of 15 Secretary Cayetano addresses the DFA press corps

    Secretary Cayetano addresses the DFA press corps 

  • 15 of 15 Check out the commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

    Check out the commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

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ASEAN and US Reaffirm Strategic Partnership, Exchange Views on Regional Issues

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Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet with US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Washington D.C on 04 May 2017.

08 May 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on May 04 with US Secretary of State Rex Q. Tillerson where they reaffirmed the strategic partnership between both sides.

The Special ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers Meeting was held against the backdrop of the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-US dialogue relations.

“The Philippines reaffirms the importance of the ASEAN-US partnership especially to our community building. There is a high degree of convergence of interest between ASEAN and the US in maritime security, nuclear non-proliferation, cyber security, and combatting transnational crime, including terrorism and violent extremism, and trafficking in persons,” Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique A. Manalo told Secretary Tillerson during the meeting.

In particular, Acting Secretary Manalo said the Philippines looks forward to deeper cooperation between ASEAN and the US following the entry into force of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children in March this year.

The Philippines serves as Chairman of ASEAN for 2017, which coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the group’s establishment.

“The Philippines looks forward to the US’ renewed commitment to ASEAN-US strategic partnership at the upcoming ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMC) + 1 in August and the 5th ASEAN-US Summit in November,” he added.

Secretary Tillerson and President Donald J. Trump respectively, confirmed their attendance to the two meetings in Manila.

The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in the Korean Peninsula and agreed on the need for the full implementation of all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

They also reaffirmed the importance of adhering to a rules-based order in the South China Sea.

Secretary Manalo underscored the Philippines’ commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes to achieve peace and stability in the region. He expressed hope for an early agreement on a framework for the Code of Conduct (CoC) in the SCS and the expeditious conclusion of the CoC itself.

ASEAN and the US also discussed their economic relations and welcomed further expansion of trade and investment ties.

For more information, visit www.washingtonpe.dfa.gov.ph / www.philippineembassy-usa.org or https://www.facebook.com/philippinesusa @philippinesusa on Twitter. END

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ASEAN Foreign Ministers attended a High-Level Roundtable Forum hosted by the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where they answered questions on the future of ASEAN-US relations.

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