Philippines, Myanmar seek stronger military ties

Myanmar_Philippine_military meetManila/Bangkok – The Philippines and Myanmar are targeting to sign an agreement that will strengthen their military ties, a senior government official said here Thursday.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin issued the statement a day after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, paid him a courtesy call.

“We look forward to the possibility of having a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Defense Cooperation with Myanmar, which can serve as a Defense Agreement between our two countries,” Gazmin said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear when the MOU will be signed by the two sides but Gazmin said the pact will pave the way for training exchanges and dialogues. Source: Xinhua

Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (R, front) meets with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (L, front), commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, in Bangkok.