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Secretary Perfecto Yasay Welcomed by US-Philippines Society Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 16, the US-Philippines Society Directors hosted a luncheon in honor of Foreign Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. on his first official visit to Washington, D.C.

The Secretary was in Washington DC for talks with U.S. government officials, an international oceans conference, and meetings with the Filipino American community. He also took part in the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Philippines Forum on September 15.

During the visit, Secretary Yasay conveyed his gratitude for the U.S. support in the South China Sea Arbitration. In describing the Duterte administration’s foreign policy direction, the Secretary cited the 1987 Philippine Constitution requiring the Philippines to “pursue an independent foreign policy.”

Secretary Yasay at the CSIS Forum in Washington, D.C.


President Rodrigo R. Duterte appointed former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Perfecto Yasay, Jr. Secretary of Foreign Affairs on June 30, 2016.
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