Obama to visit Manila in April

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

UNITED States President Barrack Obama will visit various Asian countries, including the Philippines, in April, the White House media bureau confirmed on Thursday.

In the statement released by the US Embassy in Manila, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Obama will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase America's diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Obama is set to meet with President Benigno Aquino III to tackle various concerns in the economic and security cooperation, which include the modernization of the nations' defense alliance.

Carney added the two leaders will also discuss efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the partnership for growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.

The American leader was supposedly to visit the Asian Region last October but his trip planned trip was cancelled due to after partial US Government shutdown but he vowed to immediately pursue his postponed plan once his countries internal problem has been resolved.

The American chief executive instead sent his State Secretary John Kerry last December wherein he announced that the US government has re-affirmed its commitment with the defense not only of the Philippines but also other countries in East Asia and Southeast Asian Regions amid rising tension in the ongoing territorial dispute between China and other neighboring nations along the East and South China Seas (including West Philippine Sea).

The US Government has recently committed $40-million as part of their "new initiative to improve the Philippines' maritime security and maritime domain awareness."

The Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine National Police were reportedly the local agencies that will benefit from the latest grant from the long-time ally in the next three years, in which its funding will came from US Global Security Contingency Fund. (Sunnex)

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