Pentagon Chief reaffirms US commitment to mutual defense ally-Philippines

Pentagon Chief reaffirms US commitment to mutual defense ally-Philippines

 


A timely pronouncement from a traditional military ally of the Philippines from the West.

United States (US) Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, in an introductory phone call February 9 with Philippine Secretary of Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, reaffirmed United States of America’s commitment to US-Philippines long standing alliance.

“Secretary Austin affirmed the U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance and our bilateral Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), highlighting the value the VFA brings to both countries,” according to readout released by Pentagon.

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Both high ranking officials discussed the importance of enhancing and modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s capabilities.

One of the highlights of the discussion is the necessity and importance of increasing interoperability between US and Philippine militaries through a variety of bilateral security cooperation activities.

“The Secretaries also discussed regional security challenges, to include the South China Sea, counterterrorism, and maritime security, and affirmed the importance of upholding international rules and norms, to include the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling,” the Pentagon added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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