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* Australia and Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation in maritime security

* Australia And Sri Lanka To Enhance Cooperation In Maritime Security
* Australia And Sri Lanka To Enhance Cooperation In Maritime Security

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* Australia and Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation in maritime security
Fri, May 26, 2017, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

* Australia And Sri Lanka To Enhance Cooperation In Maritime Security

May 26, Sydney: President Maithripala Sirisena assured that his government is totally committed to support the campaign against human smuggling and sea piracy. He said that Sri Lanka would extend fullest cooperation to the efforts taken to enhance maritime security.

The President made this statement when the Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne called on him at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, on Thursday (May 25).

* Australia And Sri Lanka To Enhance Cooperation In Maritime Security * Australia And Sri Lanka To Enhance Cooperation In Maritime Security

Ms Payne thanked the President for excellent cooperation extended to Australia for curbing human smuggling and added that the cooperation could be further extended. President Sirisena said that drug smuggling has also become a major threat to many countries and emphasized the need for broad international cooperation to eliminate that menace. Defense Minister, explaining the experience gained by the Australian Navy over the years to prevent drug smuggling, said the drug smugglers use the profits to fund terrorist organizations and it is a major problem to law and order in many countries. Hence Australia is willing to closely cooperate with Sri Lanka in this field and provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard, Ms Payne assured the President.

Australia currently provides training to military cadets from Sri Lanka, and the Defense Minister acceded to the President’s request to expand training facilities to include middle-level and senior military officers.

Minister John Amaratunga, Deputy Ministers Harsha de Silva, Ajith P. Perera, and the High Commissioner Somasundaram Skandakumar participated on this occasion.

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Abe, Trump touch base on N. Korea ahead of G-7 summit

Abe, Trump Touch Base On N. Korea Ahead Of G-7 Summit President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the G7 Summit, on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Taormina, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

TAORMINA, Italy (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed their stances on tackling the threat on North Korea in Italy on Friday just ahead of the Group of Seven industrialized nations’ summit. According to the White House, Trump told Abe that the issues surrounding the country, which continues to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, are “a world problem and it will be solved at some point.”

“It will be solved, you can bet on that,” Trump said at the outset of the talks, the portion open to journalists. Japanese officials said Abe and Trump are expected to reaffirm their commitment to work in close coordination in trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

They may also agree that China, Pyongyang’s primary diplomatic and economic benefactor, should play a greater role in pursuit of that goal. Abe has repeatedly said North Korea’s recent provocations constitute a new level of threat for the Asia-Pacific region, and praised Trump’s assertion that all options, including military action, are “on the table” in ensuring the denuclearization of North Korea. North Korea has launched a series of missiles this year, most recently into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, and is thought to be planning a sixth nuclear test despite U.N. resolutions prohibiting it from carrying out either activity.

The leaders were also set to discuss their positions on maritime security, likely to come up in the G-7 discussions of global issues. The Abe administration’s emphasis on maritime security reflects its concerns about China’s expansionary efforts in the East and South China seas. While Abe and Trump are sure to affirm a common stance on security, the gap between them on trade policy is indicative of the general gulf between Trump’s “America First” stance and the consensus reached at last year’s G-7, hosted by Abe in Japan. Abe has recently stressed the importance of standing up for free trade to prevent protectionist sentiment from taking hold worldwide. But an explicit mention of protectionism may end up being left out of this year’s leaders’ communique.

Immediately after taking office in January, Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade mega-pact, effectively lessening the economic and strategic benefits the Abe administration hoped to gain from the deal. In their first official summit in the United States in February, Abe and Trump affirmed the bonds of the Japan-U.S. alliance. They have kept in regular contact since then, holding three telephone talks in April alone. Sources close to bilateral ties said they also spoke on the phone early this month as a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship joined a U.S. Navy ship at sea in the first protection mission enabled by Japanese legislation that took effect last year.

Two navy vessels dock in Davao City as maritime security intensifies in the region

Two Navy Vessels Dock In Davao City As Maritime Security Intensifies In The Region

MANILA, Philippines Following President Rodrigo Duterte s declaration of martial law, two naval vessels are now in Davao City to intensify maritime security in Mindanao.

AFP EastMinCom Deputy Commander BGen. Gilbret Gapay said the move is part of the ongoing hot pursuit operation of the military in maintaining the security in the city in line with the martial law declaration of President Duterte.

These terror groups Abu Sayyaff, Maute, they ve been using the seas as their maneuver space and our newest naval assets are a big help in really having effective sea control and naval presence dominance in our seas, BGen. Gapay said. The Philippine Navy continues to conduct maritime patrols in coastal areas to ensure the security in the area.

All of our floating assets are conducting maritime patrols so we are doubling that up to secure coastal areas from that we are also augmenting our personnel and our security forces with the coordination of our counterparts the PNP and Eastern Mindanao command, NFEM spokesperson Lt. James Reyes said. In line with this, the BGen. Gilbert Gapay assures that there will be no abuse of power in the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

It is really intended to address this internal conflicts and it is nothing any intended to intake liberties, civil liberties and basic human rights, he said.

The AFP has also deployed a battalion from the 4th and 10th infantry division in case there is a need for an augmentation in the Marawi operation.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy will hold in Davao City for the first time its 119th anniversary for the decommissioning of the BRP Davao Del Sur on May 31. President Duterte is expected to attend in the said event. Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue

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