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Philippines, Japan sign agreement on defense equipment and technology

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​Defense Secretary of the the Philippines Voltaire T. Gazmin and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa signed an agreement that will pave way for the transfer of defense equipment and technology to the Philippines.

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The signing of the agreement is another manifestation of the strengthening defense partnership between Philippines and Japan, according to the defense chief.

When asked what kind of equipment the Philippines is looking to acquire under the agreement, Gazmin said that “Japan is offering a surveillance aircraft at the moment but nothing is final.”

In his message during the signing ceremony held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Gazmin said, “Today marks another milestone in the Philippines-Japan relations. The agreement we have signed today provides the framework for the transfer of defense equipment and technology between our two countries.”

He said it is also “worth noting that the Philippines is the first Southeast Asian country with which Japan has such a kind of an agreement, in fact the 3rd country Japan has agreed to enter into such an arrangement.”

According to Gazmin, ​ the defense equipment cooperation with Japan would not only reinforce robust ties between the two countries but would also contribute in enhancing defense capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) needed to address the country’s security concerns and to contribute to regional peace and stability.

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