The Philippines: A Close and Important U.S. Ally

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Remarks With Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Before Their Meeting
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
February 6, 2009

Date: 02/06/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton met with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Washington, DC. State Dept Photo
Good afternoon, and I am so delighted to welcome the president of the Philippines to the State Department. As you know, the Philippines is one of our closest and most important allies, not just in Asia, but on so many issues around the world. And we are very proud of the role and contributions that Filipino Americans have played in the United States over many years. So welcome, Madame President.

PRESIDENT MACAPAGAL-ARROYO: Thank you. Thank you, Madame Secretary. Thank you. I am very happy to be here to congratulate you on your appointment and your love-fest of a confirmation. (Laughter.)

As you said, the Filipino Americans have played a very important role here, but another important thing is they all love you, both the Filipino Americans and the Filipinos in the Philippines. So we’re so proud of you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you all very much.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, can you give us a reaction to the release of A.Q. Khan?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am very much concerned, and we’ll have more to say about that.

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