Singapore, Brunei reaffirm to enhance bilateral defence cooperation hinh anh 1Singapore Permanent Secretary for Defence Chan Heng Kee (C) at the 8th Singapore-Brunei Defence Policy Dialogue (Photo: Singapore's Ministry of Defence)
Singapore (VNA) - Singapore and Brunei have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation in areas such as defence technology at the recent Singapore-Brunei Defence Policy Dialogue.

Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Defence Chan Heng Kee and his counterpart from Brunei, Brigadier General (BG) (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma'awiah co-chaired the eighth edition of the dialogue which was held virtually on September 15.

Both sides exchanged views on international and regional security issues of mutual interest, and welcomed further defence cooperation on platforms such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting, as Brunei will be assuming ASEAN chairmanship in 2021.

They also approved enhancements to the bilateral Defence Scholars' Development Programme.

Established in 2007, the programme has brought together future leaders of the defence establishments of the two countries at an early stage of their careers to build lifelong friendship.

Inaugurated in 2009, the dialogue is served as a regular forum for both sides to oversee and boost bilateral defence ties while exploring new areas of defence cooperation.

In 2021, Singapore and Brunei will celebrate their 45th anniversary of bilateral defence ties./.