PH, Cambodia to strengthen defense cooperation
Tue | March 19, 2024

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March 18, 2024 (Quezon City) – Secretary of National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. met with H.E. Phan Peuv, Ambassador of Cambodia to the Philippines, during the latter’s courtesy call at the Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday.

Highlighting the outcomes of the recent bilateral meeting between the President and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Secretary Teodoro enjoined the Cambodian side to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, humanitarian mine action, and disaster risk reduction, among others.

With the Philippines and Cambodia as the two ASEAN Member States that ratified the Convention of Cluster Munitions (CCM), both officials expressed their concerns over pressing matters of illegal mine and explosives usage and committed to work together against command-detonated mines and Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs), which affect civilians and communities.

The Ambassador extended an invitation to Secretary Teodoro to Cambodia's hosting of the Fifth Review Conference (5RC) of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Antipersonnel Mines and on Their Destruction, also known as “Siem Reap-Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World.”

Both sides looked forward to conducting working-level discussions on the said cooperative initiatives during the upcoming hosting of the DND of the 4th Philippines-Cambodia Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) Meeting this year.