LANGKAWI – Malaysia has agreed to collaborate with Indonesia, Qatar, Pakistan
and Turkey to strengthen their relationship in facing common new threats.
Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today said representatives
from the five countries agreed to work together in counterring extremist
ideologies, interoperability of assets and operation transformation.
He said the agreement was reached at a meeting he held yesterday on the
sidelines of the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace
Exhibition 2017 (LIMA ’17) here.
It involved Qatar’s State for Defence Affairs Minister, Dr Khalid Mohammad
Al-Attiyah; Turkey’s Deputy National Defence Minister, Suay Alpay; Pakistan
Defence Production Minister, Rana Tanveer Hussain; and Indonesia’s Technology
and Defence Industry Director, Brig-Gen Dr Pieter Ate.
“We are all facing the same challenges, (for instance) prices of oil had
affected Qatar and their (defence) planning. They want to know how we are
managing with that challenge,” he told a press conference after delivering the
keynote address for the LIMA ’17 Chiefs of Navy Round Table Talk here.
Hishammuddin said the agreement was not a mere rhetoric as they planned to
proceed with the formation of a working group who will meet in Istanbul, Turkey
this April before a ministerial-level meeting in Doha, Qatar.
He said the five-nation meeting also came timely after a plan by Malaysia
and Saudi Arabia to form a King Salman International Centre for Global Peace
earlier this month.
“Global movement of moderates could be intesified through the collaboration
of these five countries,” he added.