US Cancels Major Philippines War Games Due To Virus
Manila, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Mar, 2020 ) :The US military has cancelled large-scale exercises involving thousands of troops in the Philippines in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"In light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of the health and safety of both countries' forces, it is prudent to cancel Balikatan 2020," US Indo-Pacific Command chief Admiral Phil Davidson said.
The war games, set to be held in the Philippines on May 4-15 according to the US military statement, usually involve several thousand troops from the two longstanding allies and a smaller contingent from Australia.
Philippine military spokesmen contacted by AFP in Manila on Friday declined immediate comment on the announcement made by the Hawaii-based Indo-Pacific Command.