Macron criticizes US over its ‘isolationist’ principles

admin   •   April 26, 2018   •   2767

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A day after flaunting his friendship with Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron challenged many of the US president’s policies on Wednesday.

During his visit to the US, Macron and Trump repeatedly shook and grabbed hands, exchanged kisses on the cheek, and slapped each other’s backs while praising their friendship.

But on the last day of his visit, Macron repeatedly criticized the president’s isolationist principles in a speech to a joint meeting of Congress, an honor given to a small number of visiting foreign leaders.

“This requires more than ever the United States’ involvement as your role was decisive for creating and guarding today’s free world. The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism. You are the one now who has to help preserve and reinvent it,” Macron said.

The French leader even encouraged students at George Washington University to step up the fight against one of the issues previously hurled at Trump.

“You will have to fix the climate change, air pollution, the biodiversity in the ocean. My generation will do its best, in order for your generation to have the choice to choose. But it will be the duty of your generation to do the job,” said the French leader.

Macron is in the US to try to persuade Trump to stay in the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six major powers.

Capping his three-day visit, the French president calls on the US to not leave the deal until a broader international accord is reached that addresses all remaining concerns about Iran.

Trump has often vowed to pull Washington out of the agreement. He will decide by May 12 whether to restore u-s economic sanctions on Tehran, which could be a first step to ending the deal.

But a US envoy clarifies on Wednesday, Washington is not seeking to reopen the nuclear deal but hopes to stay in it to fix its flaws with a supplementary agreement. — Reuters

US delivers P48M worth of new weapons, munitions to PH military

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) has delivered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) P48.5 million worth of new weapons and munitions, its embassy in Manila said Thursday.

The delivery, funded by the U.S. grant assistance, included 14 M2A1 .50 caliber heavy machine guns, seven M240B machine guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The items were turned over by the US military to the AFP on July 4 at Clark Air Base.

The delivery was intended to enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and readiness, the embassy said.

“As the United States and Philippines celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations today, we welcome this key equipment transfer, which will support the continued readiness of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” JUSMAG-P Chief and Senior Defense Official to the Philippines Col. Stephen Ma said in a statement.

The Philippines is the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Indo-Pacific.  Since 2015, the United States has provided more than Php48.6 billion ($1 billion) in security assistance to the Philippines, the embassy said.

This year, the United States and the Philippines are commemorating 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty, and this delivery continues the United States’ longstanding commitment to our Filipino allies, it added.


US offers support to Philippines after C-130 plane crash in Sulu

Robie de Guzman   •   July 5, 2021

The United States of America (USA) has extended its condolences to the Philippines after a C-130 military plane with 96 people on board crashed in Sulu on Sunday.

“On behalf of the United States, I offer our deep condolences to the people of the Philippines regarding the tragic plane crash in which several dozen service members were killed,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with those who were injured and the families of those who were lost,” he added.

Sullivan also offered support to the Philippines in its disaster response effort.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Philippine allies at this difficult time and are ready to provide all appropriate support to the Philippines’ response effort,” he said.

A Philippine Air Force C-130 plane, with tail number 5125, crashed around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Initial investigation showed that the plane took off from Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City and was about to land in Jolo port in Sulu when it crashed. The plane was said to have missed the runway while trying to land.

As of Monday, the number of military personnel who died from the fiery crash climbed to 47, while 49 were injured.

Of those injured, 32 were evacuated to Zamboanga City while 18 are being treated at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and 11th Infantry Division Hospital.

Three civilians on the ground were also killed and four others were hurt.

The military said all passengers, pilots, and crew were already retrieved.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza has ordered a full investigation into the incident.

Biden extends condolences to the Filipino people on the passing ex-president Noynoy Aquino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2021

United States (US) President Joe Biden extended his condolences to the Filipino people on the passing of former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.

In a statement, Biden said Aquino was a valued friend and partner to the United States. He added that Aquino  served the Philippines with integrity and selfless dedication.

“President Aquino’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace, upholding the rule of law, and driving economic growth for all Filipinos, while taking bold steps to promote the rules-based international order, leaves a remarkable legacy at home and abroad that will endure for years to come,” he said.

The US President also extended his heartfelt sympathies toAquino’s family and to all who will mourn his absence. AAC


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