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India, Philippines discuss ways to boost defence cooperation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and the Philippines' today held wide-ranging talks to strengthen bilateral defence and security cooperation with a focus on the maritime sphere.

Officials said Sitharaman and Lorenzana deliberated on possible areas of defence cooperation and exchanged views on the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The two countries had signed an agreement to step up cooperation in the defence sector during Narendra Modi's visit to the in November last year.

Rodrigo Duterte had expressed interest in acquiring fast offshore patrol vessels during talks with Modi.

Separately, of Mongolia Enkhbold Nyamaa also met Sitharaman.

The two ministers also explored ways to boost bilateral defence cooperation, officials said.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 22:40 IST