Malaysia and Cambodia discuss ways to strengthen ties between militaries

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Cambodia Defence Minister General Tea Banh and Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein held an in-depth discussion recently on strengthening the bilateral relations between the militaries of both countries.

During the October 13 meeting, Gen Banh said that they spoke extensively about national defence security which faced a lot of challenges.

He added that they also assessed bilateral military cooperation and the Covid-19 situation between the two countries before agreeing to enhance the existing military cooperation and support for each other which will lead to the re-opening of the country under the new normalcy.

“Hussein and I shared our vision and support on holding the Asean Defence Ministers meetings and other relevant meetings in Cambodia next year in our bid to move forward successfully,” said Gen Banh in his Facebook post.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin also tweeted “Happy to reconnect with long-time friend, HE General Tea Banh – Deputy PM and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia. Our existing good relations have helped foster mutual understanding for stronger #DefenceDiplomacy. Also voiced Malaysia’s support for Cambodia as next Chair of ASEAN 2022.”

General Nem Sowath, Director General of the General Department of Policy and Foreign Affairs at Ministry of Defence, told Khmer Times yesterday that the meeting discussed military cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, he said the two parties also raised about their commitment to enhancing the national defence cooperation through training, strengthening human resources, sharing information on the threat of terrorism, and exploring all creative ways and all-round cooperation after the Covid-19 crisis was eased to benefit both Cambodia and Malaysia, contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the world.

He added that during the meeting, Gen Banh also thanked the Malaysian government for providing many anti-Covid-19 materials to the Cambodian Government through the two countries’ intelligence agencies.