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Obama arrives in Philippines on two-day visit

Posted on Apr 28 2014 | IANS

Manila, April 28 : US President Barack Obama arrived in the Philippines Monday on a two-day state visit.

Obama's plane, the Air Force One, touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City in the Philippines capital region of Metro Manila, Xinhua reported.

He was welcomed by Philippine officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.

Obama boarded a helicopter and headed to Malacanang, the presidential palace of the country, to attend the official arrival ceremony with the Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

After the arrival ceremony, Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Aquino.

Later in the afternoon, the presidents of the US and the Philippines will hold a joint press conference in Malacanang.

Obama will also meet the employees and family members of the US embassy at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

After the "meet and greet" with embassy personnel, he will go back to Malacanang to attend the state dinner hosted by Aquino.

The Philippines is the last leg of Obama's four-nation Asia trip which kicked off in Japan.

He also visited South Korea and Malaysia.

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