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Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warmly greet each other at the U.S. Department of State on June 21, 2018. Looking on are Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez and Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Lumen Isleta.


WASHINGTON — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for the first time on June 21, 2018, and both diplomats agreed to work closely together to further reinforce the partnership between the Philippines and the United States.

“Secretary Cayetano and Secretary Pompeo had an open and cordial interaction at the State Department today and we are optimistic this would reinforce the ties that bind the relations between our two countries and peoples,” Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez said.

During the meeting that was also participated in by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Cayetano and Pompeo underscored the importance both the Philippines and the United States place on their shared historical and people-to-people ties and the strength of their defense alliance.

Romualdez said the meeting also allowed Cayetano the opportunity to share with his counterpart the independent foreign policy of the Duterte Administration and its positions on such issues as the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula.

“The Secretary told Secretary Pompeo the Philippines views the current developments in the Korean peninsula with optimism and that the Philippines is hoping the positive momentum generated by the Singapore Summit will bode well for the broader Asia-Pacific region,” Romualdez said.


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Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano signs guest book at the U.S. Department of State, prior to his meeting with his American counterpart, Secretary Mike Pompeo, on June 21, 2018.


According to the envoy, Cayetano also delivered a personal letter from President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating President Donald Trump for the successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month.

During the meeting, both Cayetano and Esperon conveyed to Pompeo Manila’s appreciation for the assistance and cooperation extended by the U.S. in various areas, including counterterrorism and the rehabilitation of Marawi.

Romualdez said Pompeo expressed hope for another meeting between President Duterte and President Trump as a follow up to the productive and warm friendship that the two leaders developed during the Philippine hosting of the ASEAN Summit in Manila last November.

Aside from Esperon and Romualdez, also present during the meeting was Assistant Secretary Ma. Lumen Isleta of the Office of American Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs.


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Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. joins in the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


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Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greet members of the press prior to their first meeting.