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Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller’s Meeting with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodore Locsin

Dec. 8, 2020

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller met with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodore Locsin in Manila today.  Secretary Miller underscored the importance of the alliance and the value the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement brings to both countries.  The Secretaries also discussed opportunities for deepening bilateral defense cooperation and advancing a shared interest in a free and open South China Sea and a rules-based international order.

Secretary Miller also participated in a capabilities display of recently-delivered U.S. sniper and counter-improvised explosive device (IED) equipment.