PM Narendra Modi talks to President of Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Jr., reviews bilateral relations

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a telephonic conversation with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and highlighted the important role of the Philippines in India’s vision for the Indo-Pacific region. Modi also assured Marcos Jr. of India’s “full support” in its plans and projects for the development of the Philippines. Marcos Jr. […]
 


PM Narendra Modi talks to President of Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Jr., reviews bilateral relations

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a telephonic conversation with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and highlighted the important role of the Philippines in India’s vision for the Indo-Pacific region. Modi also assured Marcos Jr. of India’s “full support” in its plans and projects for the development of the Philippines. Marcos Jr. became the President of the Philippines on June 30, succeeding Rodrigo Duterte.

Modi said, “Glad to have a conversation with President @bongbongmarcos today. I conveyed my best wishes to him for a successful term as President of the Republic of the Philippines. I look forward to working closely with him to strengthen India-Philippines ties.” tweeted.

An official statement said, “The Prime Minister congratulated Marcos Jr. on his election as the 17th President of the Philippines. The two leaders reviewed various areas of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction at the rapid development of cooperation between the two countries in recent years. Told.

It said Modi reiterated the important role played by the Philippines in India’s Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision and expressed his desire to further expand bilateral ties.

“The Prime Minister also assured President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of India’s full support in its plans and projects for the development of the Philippines,” it said.

The Philippines is a major strategic partner of India in the Southeast Asian region and bilateral defense and security ties, especially in the maritime domain, have gained momentum over the past few years.

The Philippines is also a major member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an influential bloc with which India’s ties have seen a major expansion over the past decade.

In January, the Philippines inked a USD 375 million deal with India for the purchase of three batteries of the BrahMos cruise missile.

BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russia joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land platforms. In a related development, India signed a framework agreement with the Philippines in March that provides for government-to-government deals for the supply of defense hardware and equipment.