Brunei, S'pore talk defence policy

Brunei, S'pore talk defence policy

Officials from Brunei and Singapore recently convened for the annual Defence Policy Dialogue with the aim of fostering defence cooperation between the countries.

Held at the Joint Senior Officers' Mess, Ministry of Defence (MinDef) in Singapore, the dialogue on Monday covered a range of topics including a joint discussion on the regional security outlook and an overview of the bilateral defence cooperation.

Both sides also looked into the possibility of conducting joint research in areas of human performance and technology.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Colonel (Rtd) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Azmansham Pg Hj Mohamad, permanent secretary of Defence Policy and Development at Brunei's MinDef, and Singapore Permanent Secretary of Defence Chan Yeng Kit.

They highlighted the importance of the Defence Policy Dialogue in enhancing the good relationship between the two countries in areas of defence and military.

The co-chairs noted the continued cooperation in bilateral exercises, such as Exercise Airguard and Exercise Maju Berasama, which will both commemorate its 20th anniversary this year. They also noted the active exchange of visits between senior officials and cooperation across the tri-services.

Views were also exchanged on regional developments and major power engagements in Southeast Asia as well as current challenges, such as maritime tensions and terrorism concerns of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Defence Policy Dialogue between Brunei and Singapore was established in 2009 with the aim of fostering defence cooperation through discussion, information sharing and exploring new areas of practical cooperation, particularly at the strategic level.

Colonel (Rtd) Pg Dato Hj Azmansham also paid a courtesy call on Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.

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