Singapore working with Indonesia over regional intelligence web

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (right) meetis Indonesian Minister of Defence General (GEN) (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu on the sidelines of the 2018 Southeast Asia Counter-terrorism Symposium in Singapore, on Oct 4, 2018.
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (right) meetis Indonesian Minister of Defence General (GEN) (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu on the sidelines of the 2018 Southeast Asia Counter-terrorism Symposium in Singapore, on Oct 4, 2018.PHOTO: MINDEF

Singapore is working closely with Indonesia to get more support at an Asean meeting later this month to build a regional counter-terrorism intelligence-sharing network, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, speaking at a Total Defence Awards dinner last night.

Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, in his speech at a counter-terrorism symposium in Singapore yesterday, said precious lives could have been saved if government agencies and ministries in the region had shared and exchanged quality intelligence during the siege of Marawi in the Philippines in May last year.

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