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Joint Press Conference by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel & Sec Voltaire Gazmin, 30 Aug 2013

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Joint Press Conference by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin, Heroes' Hall, Malacañan Palace, | News Releases below | Photos | https://plus.google.com/photos/104050303641660365574/albums/5908831000919382625 | Audio | http://www.pcoo.gov.ph/pnoy/Press%20Breifing083013.mp3 | Gazmin says Philippines and United States continue to seek ways to develop each other's capabilities for regional peace and stability Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the Philippines and the United States (US) continue to seek ways to develop each other's capabilities to address the security challenges of mutual concern and contribute to regional peace and stability. "Our alliance remains relevant today as it was before," Gazmin said in his remarks during the press conference on the visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Manila held at the Heroes' Hall of Malacanang Palace on Friday. Hagel is in Manila as part of his four-nation trip to South-East Asia. "As fellow members of the ASEAN defense ministers' meeting (ADMM)-plus, which was convened for the second time yesterday (Thursday) in Brunei Darussalam, the defense establishments of our two countries deemed it important to enhance our relations not only as allies but also as fellow stakeholders of regional security," Gazmin said. Hagel's visit to Manila coincides with the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty. "The visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the Philippines coincides with an important date for Philippines-U.S. defense relations for it was on August 30, 1951 that the Mutual Defense Treaty was signed," Gazmin said. "The defense relations between our two countries have evolved since then. From military-to-military relations between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. Pacific Command, we have begun conducting policy consultations between our defense establishments," Gazmin added. In addition to the bilateral strategic dialogue between senior officials from the Defense and Foreign Affairs Departments of the Philippines and the US, which was first held in 2011, Gazmin said the two countries held the two-plus-two ministerial consultations between the secretaries of the Philippine and U.S. Defense and Foreign Affairs Departments in April 2012. Gazmin said the Philippines and US Defense departments are focusing on key areas of cooperation, including maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response, and cyber security and information sharing. "Indeed, after more than 60 years, the alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. remain relevant as we continue to enhance our capacity to address current concerns and emerging security issues. Thus, we shall continue to work closely to promote our common interests as well as peace and stability in the region," he stressed. PND (js) *** US Defense Secretary says he had productive meeting with President Aquino, assures that U.S. remains committed to further develop ties with the Philippines United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he had a productive meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday and assured that the US remains committed to further develop its close ties with the Philippines. "In my meeting with President Aquino, I noted that the deep and unbreakable alliance between United States and Philippines is an anchor for peace and stability and prosperity in this region," Hagel said in his remark during a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin held at the Heroes' Hall of Malacanang Palace. "Our close ties with the Philippines have been forged through history of shared sacrifice and common purpose, and continuing to strengthen the close partnership between our nations is an important part of America's long-term strategy of re-balancing in the Asia Pacific," he said." Hagel is in Manila as part of his four-nation trip to South-East Asia. During his visi...