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02/04/2012: Ambassador Cuisia Speaks on PH-US Relations before Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

April 3, 2012, Washington, DC.  Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. addressed a group of young professionals in Washington, DC who are in the field of foreign policy on March 29, 2012 at the Embassy of the Philippines.

The audience belonged to the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), an organization that has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, London and Brussels. The event at the Embassy is part of YPFP’s Ambassador Series program. The Philippines was chosen in view of the growing interest from YPFP members on developments in the Philippines.

The Ambassador spoke about the history of the relations between the Philippines and the United States and gave updates on the developments that have taken place in the past year including the reciprocal visits between Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; the signing of the Manila Declaration, the Statement of Principles on the Partnership for Growth and the Trade and Customs Facilitation Agreement; and, the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held just last January.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia (rightmost) speaks with YPFP members during the reception tendered at the Philippine Embassy.

Through the Ambassador’s remarks, the audience who come from various federal agencies, U.S. Congress, business chambers and private corporations got a holistic perspective of the relations between long standing allies. Before the formal program started, the young professionals had the opportunity to engage the Ambassador as they savored Philippine dishes, including pancit (pan-fried noodles), Filipino style pork barbecue, empanada and turon (banana fritter). Philippine beer San Miguel beer was also served.

The Embassy has been reaching out to the youth to inform them of developments in the Philippines as well as in the strengthening relations between the Philippines and the United States.  END