PH, UK to hold joint defense meet in March

PH, UK to hold joint defense meet in March

The United States of America is out, United Kingdom in!
Amid the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between Washington and Manila there are other avenues of cooperation opportunities with other friendly countries.

The Philippines and the United Kingdom are set to hold a joint defense committee meeting in March, British Ambassador Daniel Pruce said.
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Government officials from the Department of National Defense (DND) and UK's Ministry of Defense are expected to discuss during the meet the possibility of a joint military exercise.
This is significant because this would fill the void, the US has been doing for the Philippine military under the VFA.
"The discussion in March is part of a regular sequence that we have established through our MOU (memorandum of understanding) which we agreed in December 2017," Pruce told reporters

"We're working within those parameters to take forward these training exchanges and greater cooperation between our forces," he added.

Malacanang earlier has a statement that the Philippines is open to forging military deals with other nations like the UK following the termination of VFA with the United States.

Ambassador Pruce declined to comment on the issue of the VFA between the Philippines and the United States, but for the part of the UK, he underscored the two nations' "very close and developing relationship" on defense and security issues.
"We'll continue to talk about ways in the period ahead we can deepen and develop further that cooperation," he said.

The Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU)  on Defense Cooperation signed between the Philippines and the UK in December 2017 has opened up possibilities for training exchanges and cooperation between the two nations' forces. 

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