Bilateral meeting between President Aquino and U.S. President Obama set in Bali

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — President Benigno S. Aquino III and United States President Barack Obama will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings in Bali, Indonesia on November 18 upon the latter's request.

”The meeting will come on the heels of the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Wednesday.

Del Rosario added that these high level engagements between the two countries underscore their strong alliance and strategic partnership..

The MDT, which was signed on August 30, 1951, formally forged the mutual commitment between the Philippines and the United States to come to each other's defense against external armed attack.

Del Rosario said the two leaders will discuss issues of common interest such as maritime security, non-proliferation, disaster mitigation, food security and education, among other issues.

They will also exchange views and perspectives on key regional developments.

This is the second meeting between the two Presidents. The first one was held after the 2nd ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting in New York in September 2010. (PNA)

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