PHL, India to boost defense, security ties: Indian President may soon visit PHL

Philippines and India are working on the possible visit to Philippine visit of Republic of India President Pranab Mukherjee. This was confirmed in a joint statement released by India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario after a meeting at New Delhi October 14.

“The Ministers welcomed the proposed visit of the President of India to the Philippines and endeavoured to work towards its success,” said in the joint statement.

They also expressed satisfaction at the deepening defense cooperation especially in exchanges in military training and education, capacity building, and regular goodwill visits by Indian Naval Ships to the Philippines.

Philippines and India also agreed to further strengthen defense and security cooperation in the areas of maritime domain awareness, intelligence sharing, capability building, White Shipping and defense production. “The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the regular INTELLEX meeting and looked forward to the convening of the 2nd meeting of the India-Philippines Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) in India,” said in the joint statement.

The Indian side also expressed support to Philippines’ chosen track in solving maritime dispute in West Philippine Sea. “Minister Swaraj expressed support for the peaceful resolution of the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea dispute. Both sides reiterated the importance of the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means and of refraining from the threat or use of force , in accordance with universally principles of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.”