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Cablegate: Letter to Secretary Clinton From Foreign Secretary

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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5037

UNCLAS MANILA 001840

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TAGS: OPDC PREL RP
SUBJECT: LETTER TO SECRETARY CLINTON FROM FOREIGN SECRETARY
ROMULO

1. (U) Embassy received diplomatic note 09-2509 from the
Department of Foreign Affairs, transmitting a letter dated
August 14 from Foreign Secretary Romulo for Secretary of
State Clinton for the productive meeting they had in
Washington July 31. Full text is provided in para 2. The
Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. will forward original
to the Department of State.

2. Begin text:

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Republic of the Philippines

14 August 2009

Dear Secretary Clinton,

On behalf of President Arroyo I wish to convey my
appreciation for the very good meeting we had in Washington,
DC last July 31.

ASEAN welcomes the U.S.' renewed engagement in the region.
With the Philippines coordinating the ASEAN-U.S. dialogue
relations, I believe we can work together to reinforce this
engagement by convening the ASEAN-U.S. Summit in New York
next month at the time of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) with
all ASEAN members attending.

On September 24, President Obama chairs the UN Security
Council Summit on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
This complements his declaration that the U.S. will ratify
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and the holding of
the CTBT ministerial meeting on 24-25 September. At the same
time, the Philippines as president of the 2010 Review
Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will be
undertaking preparatory work at the U.N. We can, therefore,
make the discussions on nuclear non-proliferation and
disarmament as springboard for holding the ASEAN-U.S. Summit.

The ASEAN-U.S. Summit's agenda could also include climate
change, counter-terrorism and interfaith dialogue, among
others. Two of these will be the subject of important
international conferences in December 2009, viz., the 15th
Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework on Climate
Change Convention to be held in Copenhagen, and the Special
NAM Ministerial Conference on Interfaith Dialogue and
Cooperation for Peace and Development which will take place
in Manila.

I believe that holding the ASEAN-U.S. Summit next month at
the sidelines of UNGA is most timely and practical. It is my
hope that the Secretary would share this view as we both
endeavor to strengthen ASEAN-U.S. relations.

Please accept, Madam Secretary, the renewed assurances of my
highest esteem and consideration.

/S/

ALBERTO G. ROMULO

Her Excellency
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Secretary of State
Department of State, Washington, D.C.

End text.

KENNEY

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