Australian troops might join Philippine-U.S. Balikatan military drills

The Philippines and Australia have promised to work on better bilateral defense relations, which could include Australian troops joining the annual PH-U.S. Balikatan military exercises.

The Philippines and Australia have promised to work on better bilateral defense relations, which could include Australian troops joining the annual PH-U.S. Balikatan military exercises.

 

Alexis Romero of the Philippine Star reports this was on the agenda at the recently concluded 11th Joint Defense Cooperation Committee meeting in October. "Explored in the meeting were Australian troops taking part in Philippine-US Balikatan exercises and Philippine forces joining the Australian Kakadu and Pitch Black Exercises," the Department of Defense said in the report.

 

The Senate ratified a Philippines-Australia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement that defines the legal status of Australian soldiers while in the Philippines for military exercises. "Australia and the Philippines have their own military drills, including the recently concluded Lumbas naval exercises," the report said.

 

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