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Malaysia to host next trilateral meeting in October


KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia is scheduled to host the next Malaysia-Philippines-Indonesia (MAPHILINDO) trilateral meeting in October.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) said its first meeting in Manila, Philippines recently went well with discussions centred on preparations by the three countries in their fight against terrorism in the region.

"In this meeting, we all agreed that each nation will appoint a Point of Contact from among the armed forces and police to enable the exchange of intelligence information on threats including militants such as the Islamic State," he said after officiating at the Tenom Umno division meeting on Sunday.

He said during the recent meeting, which saw Malaysia being represented by a Special Branch police officer and Defence Intelligence director of the armed forces, it was agreed that a meeting be held once in three months on a rotation basis.

"This is an approach which is timely and brings positive impact for our fight against terrorism-related threats.

"On our side, we will give our full commitment and provide any relevant information for this initiative," he added.

Prior to this meeting, there had been several discussions with Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and the Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana which ultimately led to the setting up of the MAPHILINDO trilateral meeting.

MAPHILINDO , Hishammuddin , Malaysia , Security

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