Philippines and India Hold Security Dialogue

The Philippines and India held their 10th policy consultations and 4th security dialogue on 8 February 2013 in New Delhi. The policy consultations afforded the two sides to take stock of current development in regard to political, economic, cultural and consular relations as well as exchange proposals on how to further deepen their relationship in these aspects. 

In the field of economic cooperation, both sides emphasized that with the formation of joint working groups on trade and investment, agriculture, tourism, health and medicine and energy, there abound opportunities for moving the bilateral relationship forward.

Meanwhile, the security dialogue provided the Philippines and India with a venue to exchange views on current security issues and challenges the region faces as well as those that each side respectively has to grapple with. The dialogue also enabled the two sides to update each other on the progress of their defense cooperation following the inaugural meeting of the Joint Defense Cooperation Committee in January 2012. 

The Philippines and India also shared their respective views on the evolving regional security architecture noting the utility of various regional institutions such as the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum and the ADMM-Plus among other in promoting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific.