Enhanced PHL-Australia defense, security relations most important now

Honorable Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, met with Honorable Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 05 August 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. During the meeting, both officials affirmed the long-standing friendly and robust relations between the two countries.

Relationship of Philippines and Australia goes beyond merely political relations to include dynamic cooperation in defense and counterterrorism, trade and investments, people to people exchanges, education, and development, among others.

DFA said Australia is a valuable partner of the Philippines in capacity building for disaster risk reduction and management. Australia is likewise providing assistance in our country’s efforts to enhance institutional capacity in support of the Philippine Government’s peace process.

The recent donation of two Australian landing craft heavy (LCH) vessels to the Philippine Navy was also tackled.

According to Secretary Del Rosario, “enhancing defense and security relations with Australia is very important especially during this period when the region is witnessing dynamism in the political, economic and military fields.”

Just like with United Kingdom, Philippines and Australia will be celebrating 70th anniversary of bilateral relations next year.