PM Lee reaffirms close relations, extensive cooperation with Malaysia


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) and Malaysian Minister of Defence Mohamad Sabu discussed continuing defence cooperation between both countries during their meeting.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) and Malaysian Minister of Defence Mohamad Sabu discussed continuing defence cooperation between both countries during their meeting.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Minister of Defence Mohamad Sabu reaffirmed the close relations and extensive cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia on the sidelines of the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 1).

They also discussed continuing defence cooperation between both countries, Singapore's Ministry of Defence said.

This includes that taking place on multilateral platforms such as the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM), ADMM-Plus, the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) and the Malacca Straits Patrol.

The ADMM aims to promote trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges, as well as an enhancement of transparency and openness.

As Asean chair, Singapore will also chair the ADMM and ADMM-Plus this year.

The FPDA is a series of defence relationships between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, while the Malacca Straits Patrol has helped to improve security in the Strait of Malacca and Strait of Singapore.

During their meeting at the Istana on Friday, PM Lee also congratulated Mr Mohamad on his new appointment as defence minister.

Mr Mohamad, who is in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue, will also call on Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean while he is here.

He is expected to meet Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen as well, and meet the FPDA Defence Ministers at an informal breakfast hosted by Dr Ng.