India, Philippines agree to work closely to defeat and eliminate terrorism

India and the Philippines have committed to work closely to defeat and eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In Joint press statements after delegation-level talks with President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines, President Ram Nath Kovind said, both countries have been the victims of terrorism.

The President said, the Philippines and India have also agreed to deepen defense and maritime security partnership and to make it a key pillar of their bilateral cooperation. The President conveyed New Delhi’s readiness to cooperate with Manila to strengthen the Space programme. He said, both sides are exploring to start direct flights, which will give a boost to connectivity. The two countries will set up a group of experts to research and document their ancient ties.

After the talks, India and the Philippines signed four agreements covering maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology and culture.

President Ram Nath Kovind is on a two-nation tour to Philippines and Japan.

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