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Defence Minister Visits Malaysia

(KPL) Minister of National Defence Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath undertook an official visit to Malaysia from Mar 21 to 23.

The visit was his first official visit to Malaysia since assuming office in April 2016.

As part of his visit, Gen. Chansamone called on Malaysian Minister of Defence Tuan Haji Mohamad bin Sabu on Mar 22.

Upon arrival at the Ministry of Defence of Malaysia, Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath was accorded with a Guard of Honour comprising personnel from the First Battalion Royal Malay Regiment (RAMD) led by Maj. Norshahidin bin Long with three officers and 103 others rank and accompanied by RAMD Centre Band led by Maj. Mohd Izham bin Ahmad Rashidi with one officer and 39 other ranks.

During the call, both Ministers acknowledged the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

Capitalising on the excellent spirit of cordiality, mutual respect and understanding, they emphasised that the Official Visit is a testament of their commitments to promote bilateral defence cooperation. In this regard, both Ministers later signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defence of Malaysia and the Ministry of National Defence of the Lao PDR on Bilateral Defence Cooperation.

They were optimistic that the signing of the MoU would increase interactions and initiate deeper bilateral defence cooperation that would serve the common interests of both countries.

On the same day, Gen. Chansamone took the opportunity to visit the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM), where he was briefed by Lt. Gen. Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Jalal, Vice Chancellor of NDUM on NDUM’s role as a premier defence university for leadership and professional development, knowledge dissemination and application of defence science and technology, as well as policy research.

As part of his official visit to Malaysia, His Excellency General Chansamone Chanyalath also visited BHIC Aeroservices SDn Bhs, a subsidiary company of Boustead Heavy Industries Cooperation Berhad (BHIC).

The defence cooperation between Malaysia and the Lao PDR is gradually but assuredly progressing, underpinned by the two nations’ close working relationship as members of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting (ADMM).

Their excellent interaction at the ADMM level has ensured a splid platform for both countries to contribute towards the continued peace, stability and security in the Southeast Asia region.

It is hoped that the defence relations between both countries would continue to strengthen and expand in the future.

Source: Lao News Agency