India, Malaysia to enhance defence cooperation

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 23 (IANS) India and Malaysia on Monday agreed to enhance military exchanges through regular dialogue at various levels.

This was announced in a joint statement on enhanced Malaysia-India Strategic Partnership issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

Modi ends his Malaysia visit on Monday before heading to Singapore.

The defence exchanges will be between the defence ministers, senior defence officials, chiefs of the armed services and through Service-to-Service Staff Talks, the statement said.

The two countries also agreed to convene the next India-Malaysia Defence Cooperation Meeting at the level of defence secretary and secretary general.

They also decided to promote joint collaboration on projects of mutual interest in the defence sector including in the areas of defence equipment and industry, research, training and capacity building.

The statement said the two countries will institute annual talks between the heads of the Indian Coast Guard and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Both countries expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

They called upon all states to reject terrorism and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice.

In this context, they welcomed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries on counter terrorism and agreed to further enhance cooperation in this direction.

They agreed to continue sharing information and best practices to address the challenges posed by terrorism as well as other traditional and non-traditional threats.

India and Malaysia also agreed to discuss further with a view to conclude the signing of a MoU on transfer of sentenced prisoners to each other’s prisons.

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