U.S. Secretary of Defense Welcomes Recall of VFA Abrogation, Reinforces Strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance During Manila Visit

Manila, July 31, 2021 — On July 29 and 30, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III visited the Philippines for the first time as Defense Secretary to reaffirm the strong and enduring U.S.-Philippine alliance as the two sides celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty. 
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Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Recall of VFA Abrogation

Manila, July 30, 2021 — The United States welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). We strongly believe that the VFA, and the broader alliance that the VFA enables, strengthens not only the security of our two nations, but also the rules-based order that benefits all nations ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Phone Call with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana

(first published  here ) Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on the phone to reaffirm their shared commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance. Secretaries Austin and Lorenzana discussed the situation in the South China Sea, and the recent ...
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