Blinken says Philippines ties extraordinary, U.S. committed to defense pact

August 6, 2022 - 11:57 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Ezra Acayan/Pool via Reuters)

 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday assured new Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr that relations between their two countries were extraordinary and said Washington was committed to their joint defense pact.

Marcos, meeting Blinken at the presidential palace in Manila, said the current geopolitical environment showed how important their ties were, and U.S. speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit highlighted how volatile the region was.

—Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Shri Navaratnam