KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 – Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reaffirmed their commitments to further enhance defence cooperation, particularly in the science, technology and defence industries.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and his UAE counterpart, Minister of State for Defence Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, also underscored the need to boost defence industry cooperation through smart partnerships, joint ventures and strategic business alliances between the defence companies of the two countries.
Mohamad took the opportunity to invite his counterpart to visit the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2023) in Langkawi.
Mohamad also visited Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and CARACAL, a world-renowned small arms manufacturer, to gain insights into how the UAE developed its indigenous defence products.
“Minister expressed hope that UAE’s defence industry companies could explore new avenues of cooperation in Malaysia,” the statement said.
Mohamad undertook a working visit to the UAE from Feb 26 to March 1 to accompany Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to meet with the President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mohamad also accompanied His Majesty to the closing ceremony of the 6th Desert Tiger Exercise in Al Hamra Camp, Abu Dhabi and met with army personnel involved in the exercise.