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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 204-13
April 02, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel and Deputy Secretary Carter's meeting with Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            "Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter met with Albert Del Rosario, Philippines secretary of foreign affairs today at the Pentagon. Secretary Hagel welcomed Secretary Del Rosario to Washington and emphasized his commitment to the U.S.-Philippine alliance.  The secretary said he was pleased with the progress being made toward an increased rotational presence for the U.S. military in the Philippines."

             "The deputy secretary expressed gratitude for Del Rosario's hospitality during his recent visit to Manila. They discussed U.S. capacity building to support the armed forces of the Philippines modernization plans and regional security issues including the South China Sea, recent violence in Sabah, and North Korea. The two sides noted progress in the investigation of the U.S.S. Guardian incident, including the involvement of investigators from the Philippines and the work starting now on an environmental impact assessment of the incident." 

            "Deputy Secretary Carter thanked Secretary Del Rosario for his friendship and his continued commitment to the U.S.-Philippine alliance."

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