Philippines, India to pursue deeper bilateral defense relations
Mon | April 01, 2024

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March 26, 2024 (Makati City) – Secretary of National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. met with India's Minister of External Affairs, H.B. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and his delegation on the sidelines of the Minister's official visit to the Philippines.

During the high-level meeting, Secretary Teodoro welcomed India's unwavering support for the Philippines' position on the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea issue. Minister Jaishankar reaffirmed India's commitment to upholding a rules-based international order and promoting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

As the Philippines continues to develop its own credible defense posture, Secretary Teodoro acknowledged India's contribution to this effort, particularly through its participation in the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In pursuing deeper defense and military relations, both officials agreed to convene multi-level dialogue mechanisms, conduct practical cooperative activities focused on capability development, and increase education and training exchanges.

As part of such efforts, both sides also agreed to promote collaboration among defense industries, enhance mobility and logistics cooperation, as well as explore investments on emerging technologies, cooperation on space domain awareness, and potential partnership on joint research and development (R&D).

Minister Jaishankar underscored the need to enhance closer cooperation on maritime domain awareness to address common security challenges. He shared the best practices of India's Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) in promoting regional maritime safety through information sharing and collaboration among member-countries.

For his part, as the Chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Secretary Teodoro highlighted the possibility of cooperation between the Philippines and India on climate change mitigation to help secure vulnerable internal and external supply chains.

Both officials looked forward to more robust defense and military engagements, particularly the conduct of ministerial-level meetings.