Australia vows continued anti-terror support PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:27

By Liza Jocson

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely has vowed continued assistance by the Australian government to the Philippines in the latter’s anti-terror efforts.

Gorely made the assurance during her speech at the program for the arrival of two Australian Navy ships at the Zamboanga port Friday morning.

The ships arrived in Zamboanga prior to the conduct of Bilateral Sulu Sea Patrols in Sibutu, Tawi Tawi.

“Australia is absolutely committed in supporting the Philippines in its efforts to defeat the terrorist threat,” said Gorely.

Australian assistance will reportedly include Australian army training for its Philippine counterparts.

The training will involve skills to combat threats in an urban environment, according to Gorely.

“We will also enhance intelligence surveillance and reconnaisance of Southern Philippines to strengthen information sharing arrangements and to enhance maritime security engagements and bilateral maritime controls,”  said Gorely.

The arrival of the two Royal Australian Navy ships are part of bilateral patrols in the region. (Liza Jocson)