THE Philippines yesterday congratulated Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State of the United States, and thanked former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his friendship and support when bilateral relations between the Philippines and America were facing challenges.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said “We congratulate Mike Pompeo on his designation as the new Secretary of State.”
The statement said: “We look forward to working with him and further strengthening the special relationship between the Philippines and the United States.”
It added, “We are confident of more cooperation and collaboration with Washington with Secretary-designate Pompeo at the helm of the Department of State.”
The DFA also noted the important role of Tillerson in helping to enhance ties between the two countries.
“Tillerson is a good friend of the Philippines who played a crucial role in strengthening our relations with the United States during his term as Secretary of State.”
The DFA thanked Tillerson “for his friendship and the support he has extended to the Philippines and the Filipino people particularly during the period when our relations with the United States were facing challenges.”
“We pray for the best for Secretary Tillerson in all his future endeavors,” the statement added.