2nd Philippines-Australia Strategic Dialogue Held in Manila

09 September 2014 –The 2nd Philippines-Australia Strategic Dialogue was held on 04 September 2014 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. Jointly leading the Philippine delegation were Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian Cruz and National Defense Assistant Secretary Raymund Jose Quilop. Foreign Affairs and Trade First Assistant Secretary Allaster Cox of the South-East Asia Maritime Division and Brigadier John Mackenzie of the Department of National Defence headed the Australian delegation.

During the dialogue, the Philippines and Australia discussed the strategic priorities of the two countries in the defense and foreign policy realm, particularly defense cooperation on a bilateral and multilateral basis.  Both sides also exchanged views on emerging regional security issues such as terrorism, human trafficking, and cybercrime.

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