United States Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson said that the US government is looking forward to sealing an arms deal with the Philippines.
Thompson said that military equipment sales reflect efficiency of policy, moreover, she noted that it also indicates a long-term defense cooperation with partners and allies. “So we look forward to the next steps with the government of the Philippines,” she said as quoted by PhilStar.com.
In 2018, the Trump administration implemented the Conventional Arms Transfer policy which received positive feedback from allies and partners, Thompson noted.
“So whether it’s the importance of maritime security, which obviously is so incredibly important to the Philippines, as well as equipment in the counterterrorism fight. So added transparency, added a feedback mechanism,” she said.
On June 1, Thompson met with Philippine National Defense Undersecretary for Defense Policy Ricardo David at the sidelines of IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Thompson describe the meeting as part of “continued engagement on regional security, furthering maritime security capabilities, and defense partnership with an important ally.”