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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA645
2009-03-24 09:02
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/24/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE FOREIGN SECRETARY UNDERSCORES ARROYO’S INTEREST IN MEETING PRESIDENT OBAMA

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: In a free-ranging luncheon conversation
today with the Ambassador that touched on a number of
subjects (septel), Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto
Romulo reiterated Philippine President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo’s continued strong interest in a personal meeting with
President Obama in Washington. Romulo commented on the
cordial and productive March 13 phone conversation between
the two presidents, which highlighted a number of key areas
of bilateral cooperation, including global climate change and
counterterrorism efforts. In Post’s view, such a meeting
would likely prove productive in moving ahead cooperation on
these and other issues, while further cementing ties with a
key regional ally. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) During the luncheon meeting with the Ambassador,
convened at Secretary Romulo’s request, the two discussed a
diverse array of bilateral issues (septel). However, it was
clear from the outset that Romulo’s overriding interest was
in reemphasizing President Arroyo’s high interest in a
face-to-face Oval Office meeting with President Obama.

¶3. (C) Romulo commented at some length on the warm and
productive discussion that ensued when President Obama phoned
President Arroyo March 13. Along with its emphasis on
traditional areas of U.S.-Philippine cooperation such as
counterterrorism, the phone conversation broached areas where
new opportunities may exist for greater engagement, including
global climate change and renewable energy.

COMMENT
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¶4. (C) Post understands the many competing demands on the
President’s time, but nonetheless feels that a short
face-to-face meeting would prove productive in moving forward
on a variety of issues, including continued progress on human
rights and the early resumption of the Philippine
government’s peace negotiations with Muslim insurgents.
Largely as a result of its half-century as a U.S. territory
and commonwealth, special ties exist between our two nations,
and more than four million Americans have Philippine family
ties. A meeting between the two presidents would reaffirm
this special partnership. Lastly, in light of expanded U.S.
engagement with ASEAN, we must encourage the Philippines to
maintain the proactive stance it has taken in pressing the
cause of democracy and human rights in Burma and elsewhere in
the region.
KENNEY

   

 

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