Dr Ng Eng Hen calls on Jordan's King Abdullah II, discusses security developments in Middle East

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (centre) and Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman (left) calling on King of Jordan His Majesty Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein.
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (centre) and Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman (left) calling on King of Jordan His Majesty Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen called on Jordan's King Abdullah II and Prime Minister and Defence Minister Hani Fawzi Al-Mulki on Wednesday (Sept 27) afternoon.

During the call on King Abdullah, Dr Ng reaffirmed the warm relations between Jordan and Singapore and exchanged views on security developments in the Middle East, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.

"They also discussed how terrorist threats continued to evolve, and how countries like Jordan and Singapore can work to proactively address these threats," Mindef added.

Dr Ng had, on Tuesday, paid a visit to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops deployed in Iraq to provide medical support to members of the multinational coalition working to counter terror group ISIS. The coalition forces also train the Iraqi military to defend their land against ISIS and other extremist elements.

With Dr Ng on the visit to Jordan were Senior Minister of State for Defence Maliki Osman and Deputy Secretary (Policy) Keith Tan, and senior SAF officers.

During the call on PM Hani Al-Mulki, both men discussed a range of security issues.

"Both sides noted the importance of international cooperation to counter the threat of transnational terrorism, and shared perspectives on ways to counter terrorism, including intelligence sharing and deradicalisation programmes," Mindef said.

The meetings underscore the friendly defence ties between the two countries, it added, noting that the Singapore Armed Forces and Jordanian Armed Forces interact regularly through visits and other exchanges.