Philippine military invited to multilateral exercise in Thailand 2009-03-03 14:09:11   Print

    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 Agreement.

    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."

Editor: Xiong Tong
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