Australia will help the Philippines in conducting maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea in “support of its adherence to international law particularly the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea and other norms and laws that governs our international waterways.”
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson AO made the assurance as Australia and the Philippines strengthen their partnership in civil maritime security as a key element in the commemoration of the 75th diplomatic relations between the two countries on May 22.
With the ongoing situation in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, the envoy said “all countries should subscribe to the rules, the norms, and the laws that govern the free passage through international waters”.
“Australia supports the adherence to international law particularly (the) United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea and other norms and laws that governs our international waterways,” he added.
“And so, therefore, we are concerned if there is any action taken by any country that seeks to inhibit that free passage and the freedom of navigation, the freedom of overflying. And if we see anything that is unfortunate… then Australia will express its views which we have done in the past and we will continue to do so,” he said.
May 4, 2021
MANILA – Strengthening partnership in civil maritime security will be a key element to commemorate the 75th diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia on May 22, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson AO said.In a press briefing Monday, Robinson said Australia… Read More