U.S. Embassy Statement

Manila, February 23, 2018 — On February 22, Ambassador Sung Kim met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to discuss the recently released Worldwide Threat Assessment Report published by the Director of National Intelligence.

Ambassador Kim explained the nature of the report – an annual assessment on conditions in each of the world’s various regions based on widely available information.  Their discussion focused on the references to the Philippines in the report, including clarifying that the information about the Philippines had been previously reported by media sources.  Additionally, they discussed shared interests and possibilities for expanding our partnership.  The United States will continue to collaborate with the government of the Philippines.  The meeting ended with both Executive Secretary Medialdea and Ambassador Kim reaffirming the strength of the broad and deep bilateral relationship.