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12/07/2009: Statement on the Visit to the United States of H.E. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has accepted the invitation to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. on 30 July 2009. President Arroyo was the first Southeast Asian leader to talk to President Obama after his election and the first Southeast Asian President to be invited to meet him.

The visit to Washington D.C. is an affirmation of the strong partnership between the two countries that share historical and cultural ties and common democratic values. President Arroyo is expected to discuss the Philippines’ poverty alleviation and economic resiliency programs, good governance, counter-terrorism efforts and its contributions to peace and security in the region.

As a strategic ally and friend of the Philippines, the U.S. has extended assistance in support of both countries’ shared goals of peace, progress and prosperity.

While in Washington D.C. the President will also meet with members of U.S. Congress, other administration officials, the business sector and the Filipino-American community. END.