Singapore and Malaysia sign letter of intent to step up military cooperation

Malaysian Defence Minister Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister and Law Minister K Shanmugam on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue 2013.

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to step up cooperation between the defence establishments of both countries through intelligence exchanges, and addressing common security concerns such as the threat of ISIS to the region.

The letter of intention to forge closer ties between the neighbouring countries was signed during Malaysian Defence Minister Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein visit to Singapore from Mar 1 to 2.

Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen and Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein also affirmed the value of the Malacca Strait Patrols in enhancing the security of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and discussed ways to take the MSP forward.

Dr Ng pledged Singapore's continued support for Malaysia's new initiative to enhance naval cooperation through coordinated maritime patrols within each country's own territorial waters.

Both ministers also reaffirmed their countries' long-standing commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements, the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus.

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