United States President Barack Obama to visit Philippines in April, Palace says

Friday, February 14th, 2014. Filed under: Philippine News
President Obama and President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines at the White House on June 8, 2012 speak to the press after a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. The White House announced that Obama will visit the Philippines and other Asian countries, including a historic stop to Malaysia, in April this year after cancelling last year's scheduled visit because of the U.S. government shutdown. (Manila U.S. Embassy photo release)

President Obama and President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines at the White House on June 8, 2012 speak to the press after a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. The White House announced that Obama will visit the Philippines and other Asian countries, including a historic stop to Malaysia, in April this year after cancelling last year’s scheduled visit because of the U.S. government shutdown. (Manila U.S. Embassy photo release)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — United States (US) President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a historic visit to the Philippines in late April upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III, a Palace official said on Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. announced during the regular briefing in Malacanang the visit of the US Head of State.

“According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, President Obama will meet with President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance, including the expansion of security, economic and people-to-people ties,” the Communications Secretary said.

President Obama’s visit will provide a new momentum to Philippines-US relations that will strengthen the partnership of the two nations in many areas, Coloma said.

The Philippines and the United States have an enduring alliance that is based on deep historical and cultural ties. The Philippines gained its independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, and diplomatic relations were formally established on the same day.

The Philippines’ relationship with the United States has been robust, dynamic and strategic. This relationship is nurtured by a shared history and adherence to common values, especially a commitment to freedom, democracy and a market economy. From combating war against terrorism to war against poverty, the partnership between the Philippines and the US is broad-based, opening fresh avenues for greater cooperation.

The official visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III to Washington, D.C., capped by his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 8, 2012 further strengthened Philippine-U.S. relations. (MNS)

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