Brunei and United States reaffirm defence cooperation


The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and the United States’ (US) Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) conducted the 15th Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) meeting virtually on Saturday morning (Dec 4). Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec 4 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and the United States’ (US) Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) conducted the 15th Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) meeting virtually on Saturday morning.

Co-Chairs, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Strategy) at the MinDef Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud and Brigadier General Jennifer Short from US INDOPACOM Strategic Planning and Policy re-affirmed both sides’ commitment and steadfastness in strengthening defence cooperation between both countries.

Both parties also expressed happiness and satisfaction with the continued positive momentum of bilateral defence relations – despite the Covid-19 pandemic – underscoring both sides’ high regard for bilateral relations.

Both countries also discussed defence and military-to-military cooperation in areas of mutual interests, encapsulated under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation signed on November 29, 1994 that include exchanges of visits, training, courses and exercises.

The deputy permanent secretary conveyed his appreciation for the US’ contributions towards maintaining peace and security in the region, including through the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) platform.

The Brunei Darussalam-US JDWC meeting has been conducted regularly to manage both countries’ bilateral defence relations since its establishment in 1994, contributing towards enriching and enhancing capacity-building, professionalism and understanding for defence and military officials on both sides. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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