SAF and Indonesian National Defence Forces to collaborate on common security concerns

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI) will step up collaboration on common security concerns, such as maritime security, anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) yesterday.

This was one of four new initiatives agreed on by Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, and his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu, during the latter's visit here from Jan 28 to Jan 30.

The other initiatives include increasing bilateral interactions between military officials and defence ministry officials through joint training and course participation.

Senior officials in both ministries will also take part in regular dialogues on regional issues that are of interest to both countries.

In addition, both defence forces will explore mutually beneficial new initiatives, built on military-to-military interactions.

Both armed forces already have long-standing cooperation in engagements and joint exercises, said Mindef.

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