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28/06/2011: Secretary Del Rosario Meets Senator Lugar

Shown in the photo above are Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario (right), Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (left) and U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar (middle)

28 June 2011, Washington, D.C. – Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met last June 22 with Senator Richard G. Lugar, the most senior Republican in the United States Senate and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Senator Lugar expressed support for the Philippine government’s efforts in Mindanao, remarking that “it is a very important project for you” and “you are a very important ally and a very important friend.” Secretary del Rosario replied “we have to do much more, and we have to achieve that peace agreement.”

Senator Lugar also expressed his affection for the Aquino family and requested Secretary del Rosario to give his regards to President Benigno Aquino III. As then Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Lugar had strong involvement in the political changes that was sweeping the Philippines in the mid-1980s. In one of his articles, Senator Lugar described the late President Corazon Aquino as someone who “changed the world in ways that people of far greater power and military might have rarely been able to do.”

Secretary del Rosario also briefed Senator Lugar on issues surrounding the West Philippine Sea as well as the SAVE Our Industries Act (SAVE Act), a bill that aims to provide jobs for both Filipino and U.S. workers and further enhance trade relations between the Philippines and the United States. END