Urgent!!! PHL-US Dialogue in Washington: expanded alliance for 21st century challenges

January 29, 2012 10:45 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — Manila and Washington reaffirmed on Friday (Washington time) their bilateral commitment to Asian-Pacific security “through an invigorated and expanded alliance capable of addressing 21st century challenges.”

These challenges include security, defense, commerce, law enforcement, human rights, disaster relief, maritime security cooperation, and bilateral trade and investment.

In a Joint Statement released out of Washington following their two-day Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, both nations stated that the dialogue fulfilled the "vision” of the so-called Manila Declaration signed between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario during the former's visit here in mid-November last year.

The Declaration was signed aboard the USS Fitzgerald as it docked on the Manila Bay on November 16, 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

The November Declaration stated that "on this historic occasion, we reflect on the rich history of our alliance and the continuing relevance of the treaty for peace, security, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. We also reaffirm the treaty as the foundation of our relationship for the next 60 years and beyond.”

The Washington dialogue "provided an opportunity to consult and exchange views on a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues reflecting our common values and interests.”

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio, Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino and Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan — who also chaired the working group on the Rule of Law and Law Enforcement — made up the Philippine team.

The U.S. delegation was led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, who also chaired the meeting, and Defense Undersecretary Peter Lavoy.

The Statement also “reinforced the significance of our Mutual Defense Treaty as the basis for the alliance and the treaty’s continued relevance to the peace, security, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific.”

”We committed to further enhance cooperation, including in security, defense, commerce, law enforcement, human rights, and disaster relief. We agreed to deepen and broaden our maritime security cooperation. We emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral trade and investment ties to increase prosperity…,” it also stated.

A ministerial-level meeting among Foreign Affairs Secretaries Clinton and Del Rodario and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his Philippine counterpart, Voltaire Gazmin, has been planned for March.

There will also be an opportunity for further high-level engagements when U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis make separate visits to the Philippines next month.

”The United States and the Republic of the Philippines held the second Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on January 26-27, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

"In the spirit of the November 2011 Manila Declaration, the dialogue provided an opportunity to consult and exchange views on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, reflecting our common values and interests. "The dialogue was co-chaired by Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy for the United States and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Erlinda Basilio and Undersecretary of National Defense Pio Lorenzo Batino for the Republic of the Philippines. Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan chaired the working group on Rule of Law and Law Enforcement.

”During the dialogue, the United States and the Philippines reaffirmed our commitment to fulfill the vision of the Manila Declaration through an invigorated and expanded alliance capable of addressing 21st century challenges. We reinforced the significance of our Mutual Defense Treaty as the basis for the alliance and the treaty’s continued relevance to the peace, security, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific. We committed to further enhance cooperation, including in security, defense, commerce, law enforcement, human rights, and disaster relief.

"We agreed to deepen and broaden our maritime security cooperation. We emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral trade and investment ties to increase prosperity for the people in both countries. We reviewed our ongoing collaboration in the Partnership for Growth and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

"We recognized the efforts being taken by the Philippine government in resolving human rights cases and discussed positive developments in the prosecution of abuses. We emphasized a mutual commitment to these efforts.

”We look forward to continuing our high-level consultation at a joint ministerial meeting between Secretary of State Rodham Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin this March.

"The two sides also highlighted upcoming opportunities for further high-level engagement, including a visit by Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro to the Philippines in February and a visit to the Philippines by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis in late February to discuss economic issues and the interest of the Philippines in potentially joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership." (PNA)

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