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12/08/2011: US Ambassador Thomas Meets with PH Embassy Officers

US Ambassador Harry Thomas (seated, 2nd from left) poses in a group photo with Philippine Embassy officers led by Ambassador Jose Cuisia (seated, 3rd from left).  Others in the photo are, seated l-r, Political Officer Maria Austria, State Department Philippine Desk Officer Alistair Baskey, standing l-r, Cultural Officer Corina Reyes, Labor Attache Luzviminda Padilla, Consul Arlene Magno, Agriculture Attache Josyline Javelosa, Legislative Officer Ariel Peñaranda, Press Officer Emil Fernandez, and Economic Officer Lito Nayan.

12 August 2011, Washington DC. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr. met today with officers of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. led by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.  He was accompanied by Mr. Alistair Baskey, the State Department’s new Desk Officer for the Philippines.

Ambassadors Cuisia and Thomas discussed a number of bilateral issues, including the areas of security cooperation, agriculture and trade.  Ambassador Cuisia solicited the assistance of Ambassador Thomas with regards to the plight of the Filipino teachers in Prince Georges County and Baltimore, as well as on concerns regarding the issuance of visas to Filipino physical therapists.

Ambassador Thomas presented his credentials to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in April 2010.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1984, and served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005. He also served in the White House as the Director for South Asia at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2002.  END