FOC held between India and Philippines

Aug 18: ​Shri Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India and Ms. Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, Under Secretary for Bilateral Relations and ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines, co-chaired the 13th Foreign Office Consultations and 4th Strategic Dialogue between India and Philippines in Manila on 17 August and 18 August 2022 respectively.

Reviewing the multi-faceted relations between India and Philippines during the Foreign Office Consultations, both sides expressed their desire to advance b13th Foreign Office Consultations and 4th Strategic Dialogue between India and Philippinesilateral relations and expand engagement in areas including agriculture, trade, pharmaceuticals, fintech, education, defence and security, and people to people ties. It was also agreed to work to expand engagement in other fields such as space, development cooperation and civil aviation.

The two sides agreed to convene bilateral mechanisms in different sectors at an early date and work towards holding the next Ministerial level Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation at mutually convenient dates.

During the Strategic Dialogue held on 18 August 2022, the two sides discussed India –Philippines Defence and Security Cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest as well as ASEAN related matters.

Secretary (East) also paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Enrique A Manalo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Minister) of the Philippines.

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