Saturday, 26 September 2015

Brunei-Malaysia to boost cooperation in defence science research, technology

BRUNEI and Malaysia discussed bilateral defence cooperation issues recently during the 17th Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) meeting between both countries in Penang, Malaysia.

The meeting was co-chaired by Ministry of Defence (MinDef) Permanent Secretary Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar and Malaysian Ministry of Defence Secretary General Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi.

According to MinDef, the meeting saw discussions on bilateral defence cooperation issues such as training, joint exercises and expanding cooperation in defence science research and technology.

Both sides also noted the progress towards efforts in strengthening peace and security in the region.

Present at the meeting were senior officers from both ministries and senior military personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces.

Bilateral defence relations between both countries were formalised through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation in 1992.

The next JDWC meeting is slated to take place in Brunei in 2017. Prior to the meeting, Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah paid a courtesy call to Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahim to discuss issues relating to regional defence cooperation such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting. (The Brunei Times)

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