Philippines Signs Defence MOU With United Kingdom

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With the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Philippines and United Kingdom have both agreed to increase defence engagements over the next five years, with emphasis on the maritime domain. Representing the Philippines was Ambassador to the UK, Teodoro Locsin Jr to ink the deal with Britain’s Minister of State for Defence, The Earl of Minto Timothy Minto.

According to the Philippines, the UK/Philippines MOU on Defence Cooperation will focus on numerous areas of cooperation ranging from exercises, training and force modernisation efforts, particularly the maritime domain, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), hydrography and British participation in future military drills. Furthermore, the Department of Foreign Affairs stated that the MOU would provide a framework on bilateral cooperation on defence and military education, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), and research and technology among other areas. shp/adj/dl (Pix:Philippines Department of National Defense)