PH, Japan sign agreement on defense equipment transfer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa have signed an agreement that will allow Japan to transfer defense equipment to the Philippines.

The Department of National Defense (DND) said the agreement is a sign of a strong defense cooperation between the two countries.

The DND said defense equipment cooperation with Japan will contribute in enhancing the defense capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) needed to address the country's security concerns and to contribute to regional peace and stability.

In April 2014, when Japan adopted the "Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment Technology," various discussions were held regarding the defense equipment cooperation between the two countries.

The Philippines is the first ASEAN country to sign such an agreement with Japan.

The defense department said both countries are optimistic that tangible cooperation would be drawn up in accordance with the said agreement.

DND Spokesperson Dr. Peter Paul Galvez claimed that a reconnaissance aircraft might be one of the possible equipment Japan will transfer to the Philippines.