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Canada Philippines-Duterte restores the Pact for the presence of US

09:05  30 july  2021
09:05  30 july  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a key defense pact with the United States that governs the presence of US soldiers in the Southeast Asian nation, reversing a decision that had caused concern in Washington and Manila. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) provides protocols for the rotation of thousands of US soldiers for combat exercises and drills. What could have prompted the reversal? The pact has gained additional importance in recent years for the US and its allies, with China trying to assert itself in the region.

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USA-Pentagon / Asia-Philippines (Photo) troops: Philippines-Duterte restores the pact for the presence of US

Manila troops, July 30 (Reuters) - President Filipino Rodrigo Duterte restored a pact for the presence of American troops in the Philippines, announced Friday the defense ministers of the two countries.

The agreement, called "Visiting Forces Agreement" (VFA), governs the presence of thousands of American soldiers who come to the Philippines to participate in military exercises.

This pact took greater importance while the United States and their allies face an increasingly affirmed China.

Rodrigo Dutete had announced last year the cancellation of the VFA but finally renewed it until December. (Idrees Ali and Karen Lema; French version Camille Raynaud)

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