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Pentagon head welcomes Philippines’ decision to restore military agreement with US

Washington: United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin thanked on Friday Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana for “full restoration” of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) on the deployment of US troops in the country.

In June, it became known that Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte decided once again to extend the agreement on the deployment of the US troops and military equipment in the country.

In February 2020, Manila notified Washington of the termination of the VFA. However, in June and November same year, the Philippines suspended the entry of the decision into force for the period of six months each time.

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