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Philippines and Japan sign defence pact

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Manila, 8 July 2024 (TDI): In a significant step towards strengthening regional security and cooperation, Japan and the Philippines signed an important defense pact on Monday.

This agreement permits the deployment of Japanese forces for joint military exercises in the Philippines, marking a notable development in the relations between the two nations.

The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA), which also allows Filipino forces to participate in joint combat training in Japan, was signed by Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa.

The ceremony, held in Manila, was attended by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The agreement will come into effect following ratification by the legislatures of both countries.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa hailed the signing as “a groundbreaking achievement” that is expected to significantly enhance defense collaboration between Japan and the Philippines.

During the ceremony, officials from both nations expressed deep concerns over recent tensions in a disputed area in the South China Sea.

The new defense pact underscores the commitment of Japan and the Philippines to jointly address security challenges and maintain stability in the region.

The agreement signifies a robust partnership aimed at safeguarding mutual interests and promoting peace amidst rising tensions in the South China Sea.

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