PHL, UK prepare for 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties: Defense cooperation in focus

Philippines and United Kingdom reaffirm their commitments to bring ties to an even higher plane during the meeting of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond at the sidelines of the Singapore Golden Jubilee celebration August 9, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

“Secretary del Rosario and Secretary Hammond talked about the different facets of relations between the Philippines and the UK, with emphasis on improving defense cooperation and trade partnership,” DFA said.

The two officials also discussed preparations for the celebration of 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries next year.

They also highlighted the importance of the PHL-UK Joint Plan of Action in keeping track of bilateral cooperation activities and in charting future directions of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Secretary del Rosario and Secretary Hammond also exchanged views on regional issues such as the West Philippine Sea dispute and the threat of Islamic extremism.