PH and Pakistan sign defense cooperation pact – Manila Bulletin

Weeks before the arrival of a new administration in June, the Philippine government reached a new agreement with Pakistan to formally establish defense cooperation between the two Asian countries, the Ministry of National Defense (DND) confirmed on Saturday. May 7.

Department of National Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana (left) and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Philippines Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi sign a Memorandum of Understanding to officially relaunch defense relations between the Philippines and Pakistan during a ceremony at DND Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on May 5, 2022 (Courtesy of DND)

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Philippines Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to revive defense relations between the two countries after engaging in exchanges of long standing in the field of military education and training, port visits and multilateral interactions for one.

The event took place at DND headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City last Thursday.

“In today’s world of serious political, economic and climatic challenges – cross-border conflicts and above all, the rise of global terrorism demand that we all come together in a bilateral and regional framework to collectively address these challenges for a greater purpose. broad regional global peace and security,” said Ambassador Kazi.

Meanwhile, Lorenzana described the signing of the MoU as “an important milestone in the bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Pakistan”.

“This would pave the way for increased cooperation to include high-level visits, military education and training exchanges, capacity building, information sharing, defense industry collaboration and engagements. service to service,” he said.

The event brought together representatives from DND, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Pakistani Embassy in Manila.

Participants from Islamabad, namely the Philippine Armed Forces and Defense Attaché to Pakistan and a representative from the Ministry of Defense of Pakistan, virtually joined the ceremony.

Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr. (left), Commanding General of the Philippine Army, and Pakistani Nonresident Defense Attaché Commodore Nasir Mahmood share a moment of relaxation during the courtesy visit of the latter at the Philippine Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on May 6, 2022. (Courtesy PA)

Following the signing of the defense agreement, the nonresident Pakistani Defense Attaché, Commodore Nasir Mahmood, paid a courtesy call on Lieutenant General Romeo Brawner Jr., Commander General of the Philippine Army.

Commodore Mahmood, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, welcomed the signing of the Philippine-Pakistani Memorandum of Understanding which also set the framework for cooperation between the Pakistan Army and the Philippine Army.

Brawner and Mahmood discussed the possibility of conducting capacity-building measures such as bilateral training activities to strengthen ties between the two armies.

Brawner also explained how the Philippine military can use Pakistan’s “self-defence program” as a model for developing local defense assets.

“With this, the PA can mainly focus on research and development as one of the areas of cooperation with the Pakistani military,” Brawner said.

For his part, Commodore Mahmood expressed his willingness to help the Philippines find Pakistani defense companies that could provide affordable, quality assets that would help the PA’s modernization push.

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