The United States has reaffirmed its steadfast military partnership with the Philippines, and readiness to provide humanitarian assistance during disasters.
This was expressed by US Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett when she met with Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Cardozo Luna and senior Philippine military officials on Wednesday, including Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, General Gilbert Gapay, and Philippine Air Force Commander, Lt. General Allen Paredes.
Barrett underscored the importance of the US-Philippine alliance to national and regional security, and discussed opportunities for greater bilateral security cooperation. She also highlighted her country’s assistance for the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, and disaster relief for victims of the recent typhoon, as well as ongoing US support for Philippine counter terrorism and maritime security efforts.
“From joint counter terrorism efforts to humanitarian support, the US and Philippines have a long history of working together to protect global security through regional stability,” Barrett said. “The US Air and Space Forces look forward to building on our strong relationship with the Philippine military through greater interoperability and training opportunities with the Philippine Air Force, as well as exploring where our nations can cooperate in the space domain.” SOVEREIGNPH