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Sep 13, 2016 | 10:30 GMT

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Philippines: Defense Ties With U.S. Strong, Military, Foreign Ministry Say

Philippine-U.S. defense ties remain rock solid, the Philippine military and Foreign Ministry said Sept. 13, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the withdrawal of U.S. special operations forces from the restive southern region of Mindanao, the Philippine Inquirer reported. Duterte's pronouncement would affect only a small number of U.S. servicemen providing technical assistance and training mainly in Zamboanga City, an army spokesman said. Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said that the Philippines will continue honoring treaty obligations and agreements with the United States and that no shift in U.S.-Philippine relations is forthcoming. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department said it had not received any official communication on the matter.

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