Envoys call on MinDef, RBAF chiefs

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SENIOR officials at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) yesterday bid farewell to the Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei, in separate meetings held at the Bolkiah Garrison in Berakas.

The outgoing ambassador of Thailand, Chirdchu Raktabutr, first met with the Deputy Minister of Defence, First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit and later with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah.

During both meetings, the senior officials thanked the ambassador for his contribution to the relations between Brunei and Thailand; they also affirmed the cordial bilateral defence relations between the two countries.

 The RBAF and the Royal Thai Armed Forces interact regularly in the defence sector through training and professional exchanges and is particularly improved through the ADMM-Plus platform, whereby Brunei and Thailand have professional exchanges in areas such as maritime security, counter terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and military medicine.

The Deputy Minister of Defence and the RBAF Commander also received an introductory visit from the new Malaysian Defence Adviser to Brunei Darussalam Colonel Kamarudzaman Mohd Thani.

Colonel Kamarudzaman first met with the Deputy Minister of Defence followed by a meeting with the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar prior to his visit with the RBAF Commander.

 The visit served to strengthen the bilateral defence relations between the two armed forces and has provided the two with the opportunity to explore areas of military cooperation.

The two forces share a number of professional exchanges, secondment of Malaysian Armed Forces officers at RBAF units, regular attendance to professional courses and embedment of RBAF Forces officers at the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) under the Malaysian Battalion (MalBatt).

These interactions have helped enhance the interoperability between the two armed forces and strengthen the rapport and mutual understanding among the personnel.

The Brunei Times