India and Malaysia deepen engagement in defence


A file image of Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Courtesy: Ministry of Defence)

India on Monday highlighted the areas in which the country's defence industries could assist Malaysia and further enhance the defence cooperation between the two countries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh discussed a wide range of issues concerning bilateral, regional and defence industrial cooperation in his virtual meeting with Senior Defence Minister of Malaysia YB Dato 'Seri HishammuddinTun Hussein today. 

Singh congratulated the Malaysian minister for assuming the office in August, 2021 as both ministers expressed their intent to further boost the already strong India-Malaysia Defence cooperation. 

The two ministers discussed the existing defence cooperation activities and framework, and ways to further enhance them under the existing Malaysia India Defence Cooperation Meeting (MIDCOM) framework. The next MIDCOM is scheduled to be held in July and it was decided to use this platform for a deeper engagement in defence.

The Indian Defence Minister also suggested a visit of senior officers from Malaysia to India to get first-hand experience of the facilities and products of the Indian defence industry.

Hussein expressed the need for inducting women personnel in peacekeeping missions. Both sides agreed to engage each other on this issue. It was also agreed to upgrade capability for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

Singh also invited the Malaysian minister to visit India at an early convenient date to discuss closer and strategic defence ties.

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