SINGAPORE - France and Singapore have reaffirmed the bilateral defence relationship between the two countries, during Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen's recent visit to France from Sept 2-3, 2014, according to a statement from Mindef on Sunday.
During his visit, Dr Ng thanked France Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian for France's strong support for the Singapore Armed Forces' advanced jet training in Cazaux, which began in 1998 and was recently extended until 2035.
In a joint statement, both ministers expressed the commitment of their ministries and Armed Forces to increase collaboration to address common security challenges, especially in the areas of cyber defence, counter terrorism, defence technology and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.
To deepen understanding between both Ministries in these areas, Dr Ng visited the cyber security centre COSSI, accompanied by Mr Francis Delon, General Secretary for Defence and National Security (SGDSN) and CALID, the IT defence analysis centre of the French Armed Forces.
Both ministers have tasked their respective agencies to step up concrete measures to enhance cooperation and collaboration and will review progress of these efforts periodically.