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13/09/2013: President Obama Visiting Manila Next Month

13 September 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— United States President Barack Obama has accepted the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III and will travel to Manila for a two-day visit next month, the Philippine Embassy said.

The Embassy said President Obama’s visit, scheduled on 11 and 12 October, was announced by the White House and Malacañang Palace in separate statements issued today.

“President Obama will meet with President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic and people-to-people ties,” Press Secretary Edwin Lacierda said in Manila.

The announcement of President Obama’s visit was immediately welcomed by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. who said: “The visit underscores the importance President Obama places on the enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines as well as his regard for President Aquino's leadership,” Ambassador Cuisia said.

“The visit to Manila is an opportunity for President Obama to personally witness the economic transformation in the Philippines that was engendered by President Aquino's good governance agenda,” the ambassador said.

“We are optimistic that in their discussions, President Aquino and President Obama will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of defense and security, trade and investment and broader people to people ties,” he added.

This will be the first visit of President Obama to the Philippines. ##