The Philippine army has promised to boost cooperation with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, especially in training and sharing information.
The commitment was made by Major General Lenard Agustin, the Philippines Army’s 7th Infantry Division commander, who held bilateral talks with army commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet on Monday.
A statement from the Royal Cambodian Army working group obtained yesterday said Maj Gen Agustin thanked the Cambodian side for warmly welcoming the Philippine delegation to the Kingdom, noting major strides made by Cambodia to develop its military.
“He [Maj Gen Agustin] has promised to continue cooperation, especially in strengthening unit-to-unit engagements, military training, exchanges of visits and sharing information,” the statement said.
It said Lt Gen Manet thanked the Philippine delegation for attending events to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of RCAF’s Brigade 70 held on Monday.
The statement noted that Lt Gen Manet praised the good relations enjoyed by both countries, especially cooperation between both armies since the signing of a memorandum of understanding by their respective Defence Ministries in 2017.
Lt Gen Manet also briefed the Philippine delegation on the development of the Royal Cambodian Army from the time the country gained peace until the present.
“Now the Royal Cambodian Army is implementing reforms and is focusing on building human resources,” he noted.
Kin Phea, director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday said relations and cooperation between both armies is not unlike ties with the militaries of other Asean countries.
“It is normal for the two countries’ armies to enjoy good cooperation within the framework of being member states in Asean,” he said.
Mr Phea noted that Lt Gen Manet is being very proactive in boosting cooperation between the militaries in the region and internationally.
“RCAF is boosting military cooperation in line with the government’s policy of being friendly to all countries,” he said. “RCAF is also broadening cooperation on security issues such as cross-border and transnational crimes, including terrorism and drug trafficking.”
Lt Gen Manet also held bilateral talks on Monday with the commander of the South Korean Special Warfare Command, Lieutenant General Kim Jung-soo. They also discussed the continuation of cooperation between their armies.
Lt Gen Manet thanked the Korean army for always supporting and providing assistance to the Cambodian army.
Lt Gen Manet also noted that in 2018, both Defence Ministries signed an MoU on cooperation in the military sector which has provided an opportunity for both military units to boost human resources.