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article imagePresident Arroyo is First SEA Leader to Meet Obama at White House

By Leo Reyes     Jul 12, 2009 in Politics
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is travelling to the US on July 30 to meet with US President Barack Obama. She will be the first head of state from Southeast Asia to have an audience with the US president.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be the first head of state in Southeast Asia to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House when she visits Washington on July 30, 2009.
President Arroyo and US president Barack Obama are expected to discuss bilateral issues that affect the two countries.
Inquirer net reports:
"The president will receive President Arroyo at the White House on July 30, where they will have an opportunity to discuss ways to enhance US-Philippine cooperation on critical global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change, as well as further the traditionally strong alliance and bond between our nations," the White House said in a statement.
During the state visit, President Arroyo will meet with some members of the US congress as well as key government officials. She is also scheduled to meet with US businessmen for possible investments in the country.
The Philippines has been a steadfast ally of the US in Southeast Asia especially in its efforts in fighting terrorism in the region. Militant groups associated with Al- Qaeda have been operating in southern Philippines for many years, staging ambushes, kidnappings and violent confrontation with military authorities in the area.
The US government has been assisting Philippine military authorities by providing them with equipment and counter terrorism training in order to neutralize Al-Qaeda’s terrorist activities in southern Philippines
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