28 Apr '14, 5pm

U.S.-Philippine Pact Expands Defense Cooperation

U.S.-Philippine Pact Expands Defense Cooperation By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 – U.S. and Philippine leaders praised the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement the two nations signed yesterday, saying it updates and builds on the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951. The agreement “facilitates the enhanced rotational presence of U.S. forces, expands opportunities for training and supports the long-term modernization of the Philippine military,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today. The United States is “particularly focused” on strengthening Philippine maritime security, enhancing maritime domain awareness and improving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, the colonel said. The agreement was announced during President Barack Obama's visit to the Phillippines. President Benigno Aquino III...

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