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Philippines President Arroyo to Meet with Pres. Obama

Philippine News, news, Posted: Jul 18, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has accepted the invitation to meet with Pres. Barack Obama on July 30, reports Philippine News. Arroyo is the first Southeast Asian leader to talk to Obama after his election, and she is also the first Southeast Asian president to be invited to meet him. Arroyo is expected to discuss the Philippines poverty alleviation and economic resiliency programs, good governance, counter-terrorism efforts and its contributions to peace and security in the region. Philippine News also learned Arroyo is expected to personally thank Obama for the passage of a bill granting pension benefits to Filipino veterans of World War II. A senior official, who asked not to be named, said the two leaders would discuss bilateral defense, security, economic and political issues.

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