Spratly Islands Dispute: US assures Philippines its support

U.S. assures Philippines of its support on issues including Spratlys Islands — The United States threw its support for the Philippines claim on the highly contested Spratlys Islands located in the West Philippine Sea, a high-ranking American official announced.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas issued this declaration in his speech during the formal launch of the government's National Renewable Energy Program at the Makati Shangri-La Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Thomas assured the Philippines of his country's support due to the strong bond between the two nations.

“I assure you and all subjects, we the Unites States, are with the Philippines. The Philippines and the United States are strategic treaty allies. We are partners. We will continue to consult and work with each other on all issues including the South China Sea and Spratlys Islands,” Thomas said.

{Source: PCOO.gov.ph}