U.S. Government Speeches
60th Anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty
August 30, 2011
Statement by VICTORIA NULAND, SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson
Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, which still serves as the cornerstone of our relationship and a source of stability in the region.
The Philippines and the United States share a deep and abiding friendship forged in a history of common sacrifice. The many Filipinos who served bravely beside American servicemen and women during World War II and the veterans buried at the Manila American Cemetery bear testament to our shared past.
Our alliance with the Philippines continues to grow in the 21st century as our two countries chart a new vision for our critical partnership, in the defense realm and beyond. Whether we are working together to combat extremism, help victims of natural disasters, or stand up for human rights, the people of our countries share a mutual desire to build a better world for future generations.