The Secretary's Phone Call With Philippines Foreign Secretary
Last week, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano. The Secretary wished the Philippines well in its ongoing reconstruction efforts in Marawi City, and pledged continued U.S. support for both stabilization efforts in Marawi and counterterrorism operations in the Philippines. The Secretary thanked Secretary of Foreign Affairs Cayetano for the Philippines’ strong leadership in opposing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s unlawful nuclear and missile programs, particularly in its role as 2017 Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Chair. Both sides agreed to work to increase bilateral cooperation under the U.S.-Philippines alliance on these and other pressing issues in 2018.