The commander of the US Pacific Fleet affirmed the US Navy’s sturdy ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines throughout a go to to Manila immediately (Wednesday, June 14).
Admiral Scott Swift met Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, military chief General Eduardo Año and Philippine Navy Flag Officer in-Command Vice Admiral Ronald J S Mercado throughout his go to that started on Sunday.
President Duterte is continuous his relaxation break, which started when he missed Independence Day commemorations on Monday.
“The Philippine Navy is a valued and enduring ally of the US Navy and a close partner of the Pacific Fleet,” Admiral Swift stated, stressing a dedication to tackle safety considerations in the area resembling counter-terrorism and piracy.
“We continue to build on the strong relationship we have and to reaffirm our commitment to working together to face shared challenges,” he added.
As we reported earlier this week, US particular forces are taking part in a job in the persevering with Marawi disaster. Armed however non-uniformed operatives have been pictured close to the metropolis, which has been occupied by members of the Islamic State-affiliated Maute terror group.
Despite a pledge to clear the metropolis by Independence Day, the preventing has now entered its third week.