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Philippines, Australia sign deal on trade, defense, disaster response

Staff writer |
The Philippines and Australia signed a “comprehensive partnership agreement” aimed at bolstering cooperation on trade, defense, humanitarian aid and disaster response.

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The landmark accord was signed by President Benigno Aquino and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in an effort to deepen decades-old friendship and alliance between the two nations.

Aquino said the two countries have been “partners in peace, stability, and progress” for almost seven years, adding they look forward to “deepening our engagement in all areas through a strong comprehensive partnership founded on the desire to uplift and empower our peoples, our region, and the wider community of nations.”

The two leaders likewise reaffirmed their resolve to boost cooperation in the political, defense and security, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism fields, among others. They also exchanged views on regional security challenges, including maritime security, and committed to continue bilateral consultations on how to address them.

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