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Minister for Defence - Enduring defence cooperation with the Philippines


Minister for Defence

Senator for Western Australia



enduring defence cooperation with the Philippines



Last night I was pleased to speak with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, ahead of Philippines-Australia Friendship Day today.


We discussed our respective domestic responses to COVID-19 and reaffirmed our longstanding defence cooperation.


We reaffirmed our long-term commitment to work together as friends and comprehensive partners in addressing challenges posed by COVID-19, and advancing regional security and stability.


I was pleased to confirm that Australia will support the expansion of the infectious disease ward of the Victoriano Luna Medical Center in Manila under our mutually agreed Australia-Philippines Enhanced Defence Cooperation Program.


The expansion will help the Armed Forces of the Philippines deal with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.


We discussed continued cooperation to build counter-terrorism capacity in the Philippines, as well as future opportunities for defence industry cooperation.


I also acknowledged the support provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the Australian Embassy in Manila in repatriating Australians following COVID-19-related travel restrictions in the Philippines. 


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Authorised by Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence, Australia.