|Philippines Hosts Special ASEAN-U.S. Senior Officials’ Meeting
Posted: 07 Nov 2009 12:56 AM PST
7 November 2009 – The Philippines, as the current Country Coordinator for ASEAN-U.S. relations, is hosting a Special Senior Officials’ Meeting on 5-7 November 2009 in Makati City to prepare for the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting in Singapore on 15 November 2009.
(From left to right) Permanent Secretary Osman Patra of Brunei Darussalam; SOM Leader Soeung Rathchavy of Cambodia; Secretary General Imron Cotan of Indonesia; Assistant Minister Alounkeo Kittikhoun of Lao PDR; Secretary General Tan Sri Rastam Mohd. Isa of Malaysia; Undersecretary Enrique A. Manalo of the Philippines; Ambassador to ASEAN Scot Alan Marciel of the United States; Director General Min Lwin of Myanmar; Deputy Director General Desmond Ng Wee Kwang of Singapore; Director-General Vitavas Srivihok of Thailand; Deputy Director-General Tran Duc Binh of Vietnam; and Head of External Relations Keo Chhea of the ASEAN Secretariat. (photo by: Benjamin Remo, DFA-PISU) END
|ASEAN-U.S. Senior Officials set stage for 1st ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting in Singapore
Posted: 07 Nov 2009 12:50 AM PST
7 November 2009 – Senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States concluded a two-day special meeting in Manila to set the stage for the 1st ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ meeting.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Senior Official for ASEAN, and U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Scot Alan Marciel co-chaired the Special ASEAN-U.S. Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM). The Philippines currently serves as the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations.
“The ASEAN Senior Officials had a very productive meeting with our counterparts from the United States and we look forward to a successful 1st ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ meeting in Singapore next week,” Undersecretary Manalo remarked.
Senior officials of the 10-member ASEAN and the United States discussed areas for broader and deeper cooperation, for Leaders’ consideration at the inaugural meeting to be held in Singapore on 15 November 2009.
The Heads of State/Government of the 10 ASEAN member states namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss progress on ASEAN-U.S. cooperation, as well as explore new areas of collaboration.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will attend the meeting in Singapore, which will be the first between ASEAN and U.S. Leaders in the 32-year history of ASEAN-U.S. relations.
The discussion will include a broad-range of areas such as trade and investment, development cooperation, education, energy, health, climate change, food security, disaster management, interfaith dialogue, and security issues.
President Obama is expected to reiterate the U.S. policy of reinvigorating engagement with ASEAN which it regards as a key partner in the promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. END
|Statement on the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Philippines on 12-13 November 2009 (updated)
Posted: 06 Nov 2009 09:12 PM PST
We welcome the announcement made by the U.S. State Department that Secretary Hillary Clinton will be visiting the Philippines on 12 -13 November 2009 before the APEC Summit in Singapore.
This will be Secretary Clinton’s first visit to the Philippines as U.S. Secretary of State.
During her visit to the Philippines, Secretary Clinton will be making a courtesy call on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and will meet with her Philippine counterpart Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo.
Commenting on the visit, Secretary Romulo says: “This visit by Secretary Clinton is a good opportunity for the Philippine and U.S. governments to have substantial discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest – disaster management, the Mindanao peace process, climate change, and nuclear non-proliferation.” END