Philippines, Malaysia ties

The first bilateral meeting between the maritime police forces of both sides is further testament to growing collaboration.

Philippines, Malaysia Eye Deeper Maritime Security Cooperation

By Prashanth Parameswaran

On Monday, the Malaysian Marine Police Force and the Philippines National Police Maritime Group met for their first bilateral meeting. The three-day event is testament to both the growing collaboration between two sides in the maritime security realm as well the inroads they are gradually making on issues central to their interests in spite of the challenges that remain.

The holding of the meeting itself is significant and deserves recognition. Though Malaysia and the Philippines have long had shared challenges ranging from piracy to terrorism, disagreements and disputes between the two sides have previously often limited cooperation. (See: “Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute”).

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