THE Philippines and India recently held their Second Strategic Dialogue in Manila to move forward with cooperation agreements in the political, economic, academic, cultural and consular fields, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.
The strategic dialogue was held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila on March 5 with Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan Garcia leading the Philippine delegation and Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Anil Wadhwa heading the Indian delegation.
During the policy consultations, the Philippine and Indian delegations held discussions on moving forward cooperation in the political, economic, academic, cultural and consular fields.
A DFA statement said both sides reviewed progress in implementation of projects and activities under the Joint Working Groups in health, trade and investments, science and technology, agriculture and renewable energy.
The parties agreed to map out a plan of action that will push the implementation of the projects that would mutually benefit both sides.
At the Strategic Dialogue, both sides also threshed out details of their defense and security cooperation, covering issues such as transnational crime and counter-terrorism, as well as disaster management and maritime security cooperation.
They exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of common concern in the South and Southeast Asian regions.
Garcia and Assistant Secretary Raymund Jose Quilop of the Department of National
Defense headed the Strategic Dialogue for the Philippine side.
The 2nd Philippines-India Joint Consular Consultations was also held at the DFA on March 4.
DFA Executive Director for Consular Affairs Lilibeth Pono headed the Philippine side, while MEA Passport Visa Director Dr. Sandip Halder led the Indian side.