MANILA, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The visiting chief of the defense forces of
Thailand Tuesday asked the Philippine military to join Thai forces and troops
from four other countries, including the United States, in a multilateral
military exercise held in Thailand.
Gen. Songgitti Jaggabatara, chief of the defense forces of the Royal Thai
Armed Forces, said they were looking forward to the actual participation of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines in the training, where the Philippine military
is a mere observer.
"We have a multi-nation exercise between Thailand, United States,
Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan and the Philippine Armed Force still is
observer. After this, maybe the Philippine Armed Force will take part to join
the exercise," said Jaggabatara.
Philippine forces are holding military exercises in its territory with
various countries, including the United States under a bilateral Visiting Forces
Jaggabatara said that during his talks with his Filipino counterpart, Gen.
Alexander Yano, they agreed to "enhance the cooperation between the Philippine
Armed Force and the Royal Thai Armed Force in the future."