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Last Updated : Mar 10, 2018 03:54 PM IST | Source: PTI

India, Philippines discuss ways to boost defence cooperation

Officials said Sitharaman and Lorenzana deliberated on possible areas of defence cooperation and exchanged views on the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the Philippines' National Defence Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana held wide-ranging talks to strengthen bilateral defence and security cooperation with a focus on the maritime sphere.

Officials said Sitharaman and Lorenzana deliberated on possible areas of defence cooperation and exchanged views on the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The two countries had signed an agreement to step up cooperation in the defence sector during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Philippines in November last year.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte had expressed interest in acquiring fast offshore patrol vessels during talks with Modi.

Separately, Defence Minister of Mongolia Enkhbold Nyamaa also met Sitharaman.

The two ministers also explored ways to boost bilateral defence cooperation, officials said.
First Published on Mar 10, 2018 03:39 pm
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