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

Malaysian Minister for Defence Hishammuddin Hussein (centre), accompanied by Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (second from left), inspecting the Guard of Honour at the Ministry of Defence on March 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Malaysian Minister for Defence Hishammuddin Hussein (centre), accompanied by Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (second from left), inspecting the Guard of Honour at the Ministry of Defence on March 2, 2015. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Dr Ng Eng Hen (right) and Mr Hishammuddin signing the letter of intent to step up cooperation between Singapore's and Malaysia's armed forces. -- PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Dr Ng Eng Hen (right) and Mr Hishammuddin signing the letter of intent to step up cooperation between Singapore's and Malaysia's armed forces. -- PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (right) shaking hands with his Malaysian counterpart Hisahmmuddin Hussein after they signed a letter of intent to step up cooperation between the two countries' armed forces. -- PHOTO: MINDEF
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (right) shaking hands with his Malaysian counterpart Hisahmmuddin Hussein after they signed a letter of intent to step up cooperation between the two countries' armed forces. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Malaysia's defence ministers inked a letter of intent on Monday to step up military cooperation between the two countries.

In a joint statement, both Dr Ng Eng Hen and his counterpart Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said they agreed to encourage more military-to-military exchanges, such as in the area of intelligence.

This will address security concerns such as the threat of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in the region, they added.

With the letter of intent, both militaries will also seek to work more closely in the field of maritime security. This will be through a proposal by Malaysia to conduct coordinated patrols within each country's own territorial waters.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin met with Dr Ng on Monday, as part of a two-day introductory visit on March 1 and 2, during which he also called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.

 

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