Lorenzana meets with Malaysian defense chief. Here's what they talked about.

Published October 23, 2021, 11:02 AM

by Martin Sadongdong

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met with Hon. Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who has returned as the Senior Minister of Defense of Malaysia, in a recently held video teleconference call.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and Malaysian Senior Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein engage in a video teleconference call. (Photo: DND)

The DND said Friday, Oct. 22, that Lorenzana and Hishammuddin reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 1994 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation of the Philippines and Malaysia.

The two defense ministers “acknowledged the significant progress of defense cooperation” between Manila and Kuala Lumpur.

Lorenzana also exchanged views with Hishammuddin on the current developments in the region.

Among the things they discussed were the ASEAN centrality, new partnerships, nuclear proliferation, possible spill-over of the effects of the situation in Afghanistan after Taliban’s takeover, and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response.

“Both ministers expressed optimism that defense relations between the Philippines and Malaysia, and the trilateral cooperation with Indonesia will continue to develop in the years ahead,” said DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong.

Last March 31, 2021, the Philippines and Malaysia engaged in a Combined Committee on Defense Cooperation (CDCC) meeting.

There, top defense officials from both countries acknowledged the consistent enhancement of bilateral defense cooperation throughout the years with the significant interactions and engagements between military officials and personnel.