MANILA (UPDATE) – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with US President Joe Biden early Friday morning (Manila time) on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.
According to the White House, both leaders reflected on the importance of the Philippines-US alliance.
"Biden reaffirmed the United States' ironclad commitment to the defense of the Philippines. The leaders discussed the situation in the South China Sea and underscored their support for freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of disputes," the White House said in a statement.
Both leaders reportedly discussed opportunities to expand bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including energy security, climate action, and infrastructure.
"The leaders also discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine and its implications for energy prices and food security, as well as ASEAN matters, the crisis in Burma, and the importance of respect for human rights," the White House said.
Meanwhile, Marcos thanked Biden for the face-to-face.
"We talked about the deeply rooted relationship of both our countries and the millions of Filipino-Americans and Filipinos residing in the US that tie us together," Marcos wrote on Facebook, emphasizing decades-old bilateral ties.
"We are optimistic that we can further strengthen our alliance as we work together towards improving the quality of life for both our peoples."
Before their meeting, Marcos and Biden had spoken over the phone last May after the former won the Philippine presidential election this year.
Marcos on early Wednesday (Manila time) spoke for the first time at the General Assembly at the UN headquarters, highlighting various issues, including bidding for a UN Security Council seat for the Philippines.
Before meeting Biden, he also met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Prior to those meetings, Marcos also addressed the American business community at the Philippine Economic Briefing held at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.