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India-Malaysia agree to hold Defence Secretary level meeting

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Kuala Lumpur: Aimed at enhancing defence exchanges between the two countries, India and Malaysia have agreed to convene a Defence Secretary/Secretary General level meeting.

A joint statement issued by the two sides after delegation-level talks welcomed the outcome of the joint exercises ‘Harimau Shakti’ and suggested to upgrade the exercises to company level, and subsequently to tri-services exercises.

Both sides have also agreed to set up the SU-30 Forum for cooperation in training, maintenance, technical support and safety-related issues.

India and Malaysia further agreed to promote joint collaboration on projects of mutual interest in the defence sector including in the areas of defence equipment and industry, research, training and capacity building.

Both sides have also agreed to institute annual talks between the Heads of the Indian Coast Guards and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency including during Head of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM).

The two nations agreed to establish mechanism for sharing of information, including for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) and white shipping.

Both sides have agreed to establish linkages between the Centre for UN Peacekeeping of India (CUNPK) and Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC).

India and Malaysia strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and called upon all States to reject terrorism and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice. In this context, they welcomed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries on counter terrorism and agreed to further enhance cooperation in this direction.

They have also agreed to continue sharing of information and best practices to address the challenges posed by terrorism, and other traditional and non-traditional threats.

Both sides have also agreed to discuss further with a view to conclude the signing of the MoU on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners, which act as an important humanitarian gesture towards sentenced prisoners.

(ANI)