UNITED States and Philippines have agreed to share military intelligence information that would enable two countries to fight against terrorism and violent fanaticism, Anadolu reports.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines the agreement was reached during a recent meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii between a high-level Philippine delegation led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris Jr and the commanders of all PACOM service components.
Both sides agreed on the need to work more directly together, including in the exchange of information, in the fight against terrorism and in countering violent extremism, the DFA said in a statement.
The DFA said Harris lauded the Philippines on retaking Marawi form Islamist extremists that attacked the southern Philippine city in May 2017. The attack triggered a five-month fighting that ruined the city and displaced thousands of inhabitants.
The DFA said Washington and Manila have also reaffirmed their firm resolve to bolster their enduring alliance anchored on common values and interest, historic ties and the Mutual Defense Treaty" signed in 1951 between the two allies.
The Philippine delegation had a very substantive exchange with Admiral Harris on regional challenges and both sides agreed that the alliance remains consequential to the preservation of regional stability and development, the department said.