The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino of the Philippines before Bilateral Meeting
11:13 A.M. WITA
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me just say how much I appreciate the opportunity to meet again with President Aquino. He has been an outstanding partner in a full range of multilateral issues. We just had an excellent meeting at APEC in Honolulu, that I was happy to host.
Obviously, the bilateral relationship between the United States and the Philippines is one that goes back for decades. We have a 60-year alliance that assures that we are looking out for each other when it comes to security. But more importantly, we have incredible person-to-person relations between our two countries. Obviously, the contribution of Filipino Americans to the growth and prosperity of the United States has been incredibly important. And I think the Philippines obviously has benefited from their interaction with Americans on a whole range of issues.
This is an opportunity for us to discuss how we can further deepen that relationship; also, to discuss the topics of the East Asia Summit -- issues like maritime security, nonproliferation, disaster and humanitarian relief.
And so I just want to commend President Aquino for his leadership, for his reform efforts. And I think that a relationship that’s already very strong can only become stronger as a consequence of our continued interaction.
So it’s wonderful to see you again, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT AQUINO: Thank you, Mr. President. I am glad to have this opportunity to share our viewpoints and our thoughts on a wide range of topics that you already covered.
It’s true, we have one of the longest-running relationships, a strong base of shared values and history. And we look forward, in these turbulent times of ours, to really further strengthen our relationship.
So thank you so much.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.
Thank you, everybody.
11:15 A.M. WITA