India, Malaysia to enhance security cooperation

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    Putrajaya (Malaysia): Keen to work together in the field of security, India and Malaysia on Wednesday decided to explore possibilities of collaborative projects in the defence sector and enhance cooperation in counter- terrorism through information sharing and establishment of Joint Working Group at an early date.

    The decisions were reached at a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak here when they discussed these issues with concern.

    A Joint Statement issued after the meeting said the two leaders agreed to explore possibilities of joint venture projects, including in the areas of industry collaboration and partnership, on the basis of experience gained during the successful completion of the SU-30 training programme.

    As part of the programme, IAF has trained several fighter pilots of Malaysian Air Force in flying MKM versions of Sukhoi fighters.

    Malaysia also invited Indian defence industry's participation at the soon-to-be-established Malaysian Defence and Security Park. Both sides also agreed to support each other's defence exhibitions.

    "Both sides also agreed to enhance defence exchanges and cooperation through regular exchanges between the Defence Ministers, senior defence officials, chiefs of armed forces and regular Service-to-Service Staff Talks and regular ships visits," the statement said.

    Defence relations have also witnessed an increase over the last few years. As part of the programme, Malaysia also sent a warship to participate in India's 'Milan' exercises some time back besides which ships of the two countries regularly make calls at each other's ports.

    Singh and Najib also strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism including through information-sharing and the establishment of a bilateral Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism at an early date, the joint statement said.

    "We have agreed to work closely with each other on regional and international matters of common interest, including on combating the scourge of terrorism," Singh said at a joint press conference with Najib after their meeting.

    Later, in a lecture here, he said, "We face similar threats to our prosperity. We have a shared stake in eliminating the threats of extremism and terrorism; in maritime security in our region and the security of the sea-lanes of communication. We can make common cause to promote regional peace, security and stability."

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