Visiting Forces Agreement Explained

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In many host countries, VFA can become an important political issue as a result of crimes allegedly committed by visiting people. This is especially true when the facts are serious crimes such as theft, murder, homicide or sexual crimes, especially when the charge is defined differently between the two nations. For example, in 2005, in the Philippines, four U.S. Marines were accused of raping a local woman they had been drinking with. As the incident had nothing to do with the military duties of the accused, they were tried, in accordance with Philippine law, before a Philippine court that convicted one of the defendants and acquitted the others. The Philippines also has visiting force agreement status with the Australian government and has been negotiating a similar agreement with Japan since 2015, as reported by UNWTO-CBN and Inquirer.net. If the VFA ends, what will happen to other treaties and military agreements with the United States? A visiting agreement (VFA) is an agreement between a country and a foreign nation where military forces are visiting that country. Visiting force agreements are, in their intent, similar to the status of force agreements (SOFAs). Typically, a VFA temporarily covers visiting services, while a SOFA usually covers forces stationed in the host country as well as visiting agents.

What is this agreement and why is it so important to the United States? Here`s what you need to know. The VFA also provides for a mutual or reciprocal agreement signed on 9 October 1998. This Agreement applies to Philippine personnel who are temporarily sent to the United States. ABS-CBN News, Philippines, Japan are still discussing the agreement on visiting agents, 11.