UNITED States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Thursday met with Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., where opportunities for the two nations were discussed and the importance of partnering together to deepen their alliance and friendship.
Marcos’ advisors, including Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, incoming Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretsry Theresa Lazaro were also at the meeting.
Sherman congratulated Marcos on his election.
US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said the President-elect and Deputy Secretary agreed on the importance of partnering together to strengthen our economies, including the importance of public-private partnerships, clean energy and our digital economy.
He added the Deputy Secretary and the President-elect highlighted the importance of the U.S.-Philippine Alliance to security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world and the importance of fostering respect for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines.
They discussed opportunities for our two nations to deepen our Alliance and friendship and seize new opportunities to deliver for our people in the years to come, the spokesman said.
Sherman also met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr., in Manila, and conveyed gratitude for the latter’s commitment and contributions to the alliance and the rules-based international order.
The Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Foreign Affairs spoke about the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, and also discussed the Kremlin’s war of aggression against Ukraine and its global ramifications.