Pompeo here next week

February 25, 2019

UNITED States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte when he embarks on a two-day visit to the Philippines next week.

Pompeo will be in Manila from February 28 to March 1, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday night.

The DFA said the Secretary of State will pay a courtesy call on President Duterte and will meet with Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Pompeo’s visit comes as the Philippines and U.S. are set to review the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty.

Last December, Pompeo also met with Locsin in Washington where the maritime dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China was discussed.

Despite not being a claimant, the US is concerned over China’s militarization in the SCS. The US conducts freedom of navigation in the disputed territory in the SCS.

Pompeo will travel to the Philippines immediately following his February 24-28 visit to Vietnam where he will participate in President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and bilateral meetings with Vietnamese leaders.