VICE President Jejomar Binay on Monday expressed confidence that the state visit of US President Barack Obama will “invigorate” the “long-standing relations” between the United States and the Philippines.

    He said Obama’s visit is a “testament to the vitality and dynamism of our links as friends and allies.”

    “Our alliance with the United States remains a cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the years, the strong partnership between our peoples has deepened and diversified,” Binay added.

    The Vice President will leave for the US today to keynote the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) Sumitro Djojohadikusumo Banyan Tree Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

    While in the U.S., Binay will also meet with Vice President Joseph Biden and leaders of the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-Asean (Association of South east Asian Nations) Business Council and US-Philippine Society.

    He will also hold talks with Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the foreign affairs sub-committee on Asia and the Pacific, and Rep. Eliot Engel, a ranking member of the House foreign affairs committee.

    According to the CSIS, the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum is “the premier Washington venue for Asian, Pacific and American leaders to share their vision and articulate views on vital issues impacting regional and bilateral relations.”

    Previous keynote speakers include Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.

    CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security, regional stability and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration.


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