Malaysia, Thailand military exercise to include other agencies, Asean members

KUALA LUMPUR: Military exercise conducted by Malaysia and Thailand will be expanded to include other enforcement agencies and Asean members.

Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said the move would enhance the cooperation on resolving common border issues.

"Besides matters of common border security, one of the main theme of the joint exercise would be on coordination of humanitarian and disaster management," he told reporters at the 28th High Level Committee Thailand-Malaysia meeting here.

Zulkifeli, who co-chairs the committee with his Thai counterpart General Thanasak Patimapragorn, said the exercise would include command post operations and on-field personnel training.

He added that details are being drawn up for the exercise to be held in 2014 with some 1,000 military personnel from all three branches of the armed forces of both countries.

The inaugural joint military exercise was held last year with some 500 personnel carrying out command post exercise.

On a separate matter, Thanasak said the Thai Royal Airforce would continue to support the Langkawi International Maritime and Air Show via participation of its combat aircraft.

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