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21/06/2018: ESPERON, BOLTON REAFFIRM PH-US SECURITY ALLIANCE IN DC MEETING

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-53-2018
21 June 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. and his American counterpart John Bolton met for the first time in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 21 June 2018, to reaffirm the importance of the security alliance between the Philippines and the United States.

Secretary Esperon was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano during the meeting with Ambassador Bolton at the White House, according to the Philippine Embassy in Washington.

“Our meeting with Ambassador Bolton provided us with an opportunity to discuss how we could work together to further strengthen our security alliance,”  Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said.

During the meeting, Secretary Esperon expressed Manila’s gratitude for the assistance Washington extended during last year’s siege in Marawi and its commitment to contribute to the rehabilitation of the city. Ambassador Romualdez said Secretary Esperon also discussed with Ambassador
Bolton issues related to terrorism and other regional security concerns, such as the situation in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting was the first Ambassador Bolton, who once served as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, had with Filipino officials since his appointment as National Security Adviser by President Trump in April. ##