Defence officials meet in Australia

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DEFENCE officials from Brunei and Australia yesterday convened in Canberra for their 13th Joint Defence Working Committee (JWDC), seeking ways to fortify defence cooperation.

The meeting was co-chaired by Hj Adi Ihram Dato Paduka Hj Mahmud, acting director of Defence Policy at Brunei’s Ministry of Defence, and Brigadier John Joseph Mackenzie, director-general of Southeast Asia, International Policy Division at Australia’s Department of Defence.

Discussions at the meeting included a review of the current bilateral defence and military cooperation between both countries, according to the Ministry of Defence website.

Brunei and Australia agreed that more initiatives, in terms of exercises and trainings, can be undertaken to foster defence cooperation.

Other issues discussed were future cooperation with Australia Defence Force (ADF) Land Warfare Centre and the Australian Cyber Defence/Cyber Security Unit.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international security matters with Brunei presenting a report on the ADMM-Plus HADR and MM Exercise conducted in the Sultanate in June.

Meanwhile, Australia shared their report on the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise that took place in Sydney in October in addition to a presentation on the latest Defence White Paper 2013.

Australia also gave a briefing on the chairmanship of the EWG Maritime Security as Brunei is slated to co-chair the next cycle from 2014 to 2016 with New Zealand.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Brunei delegation is scheduled to explore the Australian War Memorial situated in the capital today.

The next committee meeting between Brunei and Australia will take place in Bandar Seri Begawan in 2014.

In 1999, the governments of Brunei and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), establishing the first JDWC between the two countries.

The MoU serves as a framework for promoting defence cooperation between the defence establishments as well as armed forces of both countries, such as the exchange of information on matters pertaining to security, training and defence products.

The Brunei Times