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U.S. hands off in Sabah crisis

US Ambassador Harry Thomas

US Ambassador Harry Thomas

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines- American ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas, Jr. on Saturday categorically said the US government will not meddle itself in Sabah standoff which has already claimed the lives of 14 people.

“We’re not involved in that,” came Thomas’ brief reply in a press conference.

“Well that is something between Malaysia and Philippine government, I hope they can have a peaceful solution on this.”

The ambassador however expressed his sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones due to the territorial dispute in the area.

“We give our heartfelt condolences to the families over that incident,” Thomas said.

Meanwhile the US ambassador maintained they are ready to “compensate” on the damages at the Tubbataha Reef where the USS Guardian ran aground in mid-January.

Ambassador Thomas was in the city for the launching of their “America in 3 D” road show featuring “Diplomacy, Development, and Defense” of the American government, also to deepen the ties between the US and the country.

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