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Senior Minister for Defence Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein is in
Singapore to attend the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD). As part of his visit,
he called on Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana today. The call was also attended by Senior Minister of State
for Defence Zaqy Mohamad.
2. During their meeting, PM Lee and Mr
Hishammuddin reaffirmed the long-standing relationship and extensive
cooperation, and the strong people-to-people ties between Singapore and
Malaysia. PM Lee and Mr Hishammuddin discussed both countries’ responses to
common regional security challenges such as cyber and maritime security as well
as counter-terrorism. They reiterated the importance of strengthening existing
defence cooperation through multilateral platforms such as the ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), the ADMM-Plus, the Five Power Defence Arrangements,
and also underscored the effectiveness of combined co-operative measures such
as the Malacca Straits Patrol and the Counter-Terrorism Information Facility in
enhancing regional security and stability.