OFFICIALS from the Department of National Defense (DND) met with their Japanese and Australian counterparts on the sidelines of the Philippines-United States Annual Mutual Defense and Security Engagement Boards last week in Hawaii, USA, where they discussed maritime security.
Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., DND officer in charge, met with Defense Minister Yasukasu Hamada of Japan on September 30.
Their discussions revolved around the current security developments in the region, particularly the situation in the South and East China Seas.
Both officials vowed to strengthen Philippines-Japan bilateral defense cooperation through the conduct of maritime cooperative activities, technology transfers, and dialogues at all levels.
The endpoint is to address shared security challenges and advance cooperation.
They agreed to discuss other frameworks of cooperation that would further expand and deepen Philippines-Japan bilateral relations and support each country's efforts in ensuring a secure and stable environment.
They also emphasized that the meeting is timely and an important follow-up engagement from the meeting between President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last Sept. 21, 2022.
Faustino also met with Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Richard Marles.
During the meeting, both officials exchanged views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region.
They also explored ways to strengthen Philippines-Australia bilateral defense relations through maritime cooperation activities, counter-terror training, education and professionalization opportunities, as well as dialogues and consultations to address shared security challenges and advance common interests.
Also emphasized during the meeting were prospects for multilateral training activities with like-minded countries in addressing traditional and nontraditional security concerns.
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