HE. Ilan Fluss, the newly appointed Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines, rendered an introductory call on Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana at Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on 29 October 2021.
Sec. Lorenzana and Ambassador Fluss discussed the status of Philippines-Israel defense and military partnership, specifically the ongoing procurement of defense equipment, COVID-19 pandemic response, and common defense and security issues.
The Ambassador encouraged the continued procurement of equipment for the enhancement of AFP’s capabilities, and looked forward to the convening of the upcoming Philippines-Israel Joint Committee Meeting (JCM), which will be held in Israel.
Both sides also discussed the ongoing negotiation of a broad-ranging Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation. The said agreement will be the primary framework of both countries with regard to defense and military cooperation and both defense establishments are currently working on the draft.