During their bilateral meeting on November 12, President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump have acknowledged that the United States has provided approximately $65 million to enhance the Philippines’ maritime security capabilities.
The White House also said that the United States has provided over $85 million in counterterrorism-related equipment, training, and support to the armed forces of the Philippines.
“President Duterte thanked President Trump for the delivery of more than $1 billion in United States foreign assistance to the Philippines over the past eight years,” the White House added in the statement released after Trump’s visit to the Philippines.
Morover, according to the joint statement released after the meeting of Trump and Duterte, Philippines and United States reaffirmed their commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951, as reinforced by the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.
“The two sides discussed proposals to support the United States’ efforts to help modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines, develop capacity and capability for maritime security and domain awareness, and provide rapid humanitarian assistance,” said in the joint statement.
“They also reaffirmed their commitment to continue defense cooperation, including by reinforcing respective national defense capabilities and interoperability and enhancing joint activities, disaster response, and cybersecurity,” it added.
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