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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA685
2006-02-14 08:51
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/14/2016
TAGS: PGOV PREL MARR ECIN PINR RP IN
SUBJECT: INDIAN PRESIDENT SIGNS AGREEMENTS ON DEFENSE AND TRADE DURING STATE VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES

Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Joseph L. Novak
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: During a February 3-6 State visit to the
Philippines by Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, the GRP and
GOI signed several defense and trade agreements. The defense
agreement covers training and information exchanges, while
the trade agreements deal with tourism, agriculture, and
pharmaceuticals. India and the Philippines have
traditionally not been particularly close; President Kalam’s
visit should help strengthen ties somewhat. End Summary.

¶2. (U) Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam visited the
Philippines February 3-6. During the visit, President Kalam
and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo oversaw the
signing of a Defense Cooperation Agreement between their two
countries. The agreement, signed on February 4, seeks to
promote defense cooperation through exchanges involving
military training expertise and information, military
instructors and observers, and other military personnel. It
also seeks to facilitate contact between the two countries’
defense agencies and research institutes in order to promote
dialogue on defense-related technology.

¶3. (U) The GRP and the GOI also signed Memoranda of
Understanding promoting closer Philippine-Indian cooperation
on tourism, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. The pact on
tourism seeks to increase the (currently relatively small)
number of Indian tourists traveling to the Philippines, and
vice versa. The agriculture agreement is designed to promote
the exchange of agricultural information, as well as
agricultural scientists, experts and trainees. The
pharmaceutical pact focuses on the availability of low-cost
medicines.

¶4. (U) In an address to the Philippine Congress at the
conclusion of his visit, President Kalam pledged his
country’s broad cooperation with the Philippines on a range
of economic development issues. He pointed to several
positive steps which India and the Philippines might
undertake together to improve mutual national development,
including marketing knowledge products, facilitating the rise
of small-medium scale enterprises (SMEs), and assisting in
the development of large-scale solar farming projects.
President Kalam also pledged Indian cooperation in helping
the Philippines reform its troubled electoral system.

¶5. (C) Comment. The visit of President Kalam and the
resulting bilateral agreements can be seen as evidence of the
Philippines’ ongoing focus on developing and strengthening
partnerships with fellow Asian states. One senior legislator
told us that the GRP wanted to use augmented relations with
India as a counterweight to the influence of China, an
increasingly looming presence across the South China Sea.
There is not likely to be any immediate outcome of the
Defense Cooperation Agreement, but over the longer term we
may see increased ship visits and joint training.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm

You can also access this site through the State
Department’s Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/

Jones

   

 

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