PH supports comprehensive Asean strategic partnership with US, India

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MANILA — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday stated that the Philippines supports the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ties with the United States and India being elevated to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”.

“The Philippines advocates and supports the granting of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to the United States for the most realistic and pragmatic of reasons: it remains, and in our view it will stay, the world’s leading force for the rule of law in international relations,” he said during the Asean Ministers’ Retreat in Cambodia.

“The first great power in history to be satisfied with international rules that all other countries and even competing powers can live by and work with to their benefit,” he added.

According to Locsin, he also looks forward to the convening of the proposed Asean-US Summit this year.

On the other hand, the Philippines’ endorsement for an Asean-India comprehensive strategic partnership came just days after Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar visited the country to reaffirm India’s strong bilateral ties with the Philippines.

“The Philippines extends all-out support to Singapore’s proposal to elevate the status of India to comprehensive and strategic partnership,” Locsin said.

Locsin said on February 14 that Asean and India could strengthen their maritime cooperation.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.