The Philippines and Turkey will boost ties on defense and trade in the future, the Philippine envoy to Turkey said on Wednesday.

“We are beginning with our defense cooperation and this year and next year, we might be able to purchase some defense equipment here in Turkey,” said Raul S. Hernandez, the Philippine ambassador to Turkey, in an event to mark the 70th year of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

“We are thinking of buying Atak helicopters and also some earth movers and also armored vehicles,” he added.

Hernandez hailed Turkey’s efforts in the peace process in the

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