MANILA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday suggested that Washington is not in favor of terminating the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), stressing that the accord is an “important expression of partnership” between the two countries.
Clinton, who is on a two-day visit to Manila, maintained that the 10-year-old treaty is beneficial to both countries, particularly to the Philippines, by providing disaster relief assistance in times of calamities and helping its cash-strapped military eradicate terrorism.
“Let me say that the U.S. is committed to strong partnership and alliance with the Philippines and I’m here today to reaffirm that commitment. The Visiting Forces Agreement is an important expression of that partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest,” Clinton told a press conference.