Washington vows sustained support amid 2nd VFA exit delay


    WASHINGTON yesterday promised to keep vibrant the bilateral relations between the United States and the Philippines as it welcomed Manila’s decision to extend by another six months the suspension of the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the two governments.

    “We welcome the government of the Philippines’ November 11 decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement for another six months,” the US Embassy in Manila said in a statement after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said President Duterte has given marching orders to delay the final step for the Philippines’ exit from the international treaty.

    The US Embassy vowed it will sustain bilateral relations between the two countries despite the decision of the Duterte government to stop joint military training and other exercises between American And Filipino forces.

    “The US-Philippines alliance remains vital to our robust, deep-rooted bilateral relationship.

    The United States will continue to partner closely with the Philippines to strengthen our mutual security ties,” it said.