'No substitute' to Aquino's Oval meeting with Obama — Cuisia

June 10, 2012 1:48 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — As President Benigno Aquino III winds up his first Oval Visit with President Barack Obama, his envoy in Washington, Jose L. Cuisia Jr., has reiterated that “there is no substitute to strengthening relations between two countries than having a meeting at the summit level.”

Cuisia said the Philippine embassy in Washington was happy that the Aquino-Obama took place "as there is no substitute to strengthening relations between two countries than having a meeting at the summit level."

The two countries describe their alliance as a historical and enduring one, based on, among others, shared values of freedom and democracy.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Aquino returns home to Manila on Sunday with assurances from Obama of the US honoring its commitments under the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

The 61-year old MDT states that the US would assist the Philippines in critical times such as during a physical attack on its national integrity.

The two leaders have met thrice before but not at the Oval Office at the White House.

Aquino also met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who hosted a luncheon in his honor, as well as with US Senators at a coffee reception at Capitol Hill.

He also graced the inaugural dinner of the newly formed United States-Philippines Society, and with members of the general Filipino community in the West Coast.

Of the senators, DFA specifically mentioned Pro-Tempore Daniel K. Inouye (Democrat-Hawaii), also the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations; Senator William Thad Cochran (Republican-Mississippi), a member of the Committee on Appropriations; Senator John F. Kerry (Democrat-Massachusetts), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations; and Senator Richard G. Lugar (Republican-Indiana), a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

While he was in US, Aquino bestowed on Lugar the Order of Lakandula for his constant support of Philippine issues in Capitol Hill. (PNA) DCT/GJB

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