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12TH JOINT DEFENCE WORKING COMMITTEE (JDWC) MEETING BETWEEN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – REPUBLIC OF FRANCE

BOLKIAH GARRISON, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - The Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of France conducted its 12th Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) meeting yesterday to further strengthen the existing defence relations between both countries and identify areas of defence cooperation that are mutually beneficial. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Hj Mahmud, Director of Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence and Rear Admiral (E) Guillaume De Garidel-Thoron, Director for Asia and Pacific, Directorate for International Development (DI) Direction Générale de L'armement (DGA), Ministry of Defence, Republic of France. Also in attendance were His Excellency Christian Ramage, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Brunei Darussalam, and senior defence and military officials from both countries.

During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral issues pertaining to courses, trainings and other defence cooperation matters including cooperation in defence technological areas. Both sides also exchanged views on the current regional security environment and areas of mutual interest.

As part of the programme arranged for the French delegation, the delegation visited the Naval Training Centre (NTC) in Muara and the VAB (Vehicule de I’Vant Blinde/Armoured Personnel Carrier) refurbishment site at the Bolkiah Garrison. The programme also included visits to several tourist attraction sites such as the Water Village, Brunei Arts and Handicraft Training Centre, and the Royal Regalia.

Rear Admiral (E) Guillaume De Garidel-Thoron also made separate courtesy calls to the Acting Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, and the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Captain (Retired) Dato Paduka Abd Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, RBN. Both sides took the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to continue efforts in enhancing the excellent defence and military relations between the two countries.

The establishment of the Joint Defence Working Committee between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of France was part of the scope identified under the Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of France Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cooperation in Defence Matters and in Defence Equipment signed on 25 February 1999.






MESYUARAT JAWATANKUASA KERJA PERTAHANAN BERSAMA KALI KE-12 ANTARA NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM DAN REPUBLIK PERANCIS

BOLKIAH GARISON, Rabu, 7 Mac 2018 –  Kementerian Pertahanan Negara Brunei Darussalam dan Kementerian Pertahanan Republik Perancis mengadakan Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kerja Pertahanan Bersama kali ke-12 semalam bagi meningkatkan lagi hubungan pertahanan yang sedia ada di antara kedua negara dan bagi mengenalpasti bidang-bidang kerjasama pertahanan lain yang bermanfaat kepada pihak tentera kedua-dua negara. Mesyuarat dipengerusikan bersama oleh Yang Mulia Hj Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Hj Mahmud, Kementerian Pertahanan dan Laksamana Muda (E) Guillaume De Garidel-Thoron, Pengarah bagi Asia dan Pasifik, Directorate of International Development (DI), Direction Générale de L'armement (DGA), Kementerian Pertahanan Perancis, Republik Perancis. Turut hadir di mesyuarat tersebut ialah Duta Besar Republik Perancis ke Negara Brunei Darussalam yang baru, Tuan Yang Terutama, Christian Ramage dan pegawai-pegawai kanan Pertahanan kedua-dua negara.

Semasa mesyuarat, kedua negara membincangkan isu-isu dua hala berkaitan dengan kursus-kursus, latihan-latihan dan bidang kerjasama pertahanan dalam usaha kedua-dua negara untuk meningkatkan lagi kerjasama termasuk di bidang teknologi pertahanan. Kedua-dua pihak juga bertukar-tukar pandangan mengenai hal ehwal keselamatan rantau dan juga bidang-bidang kepentingan bersama.

Sebagai sebahagian program lawatan yang diaturkan, delegasi Perancis berkesempatan melawat Pusat Latihan Tentera Laut, Muara dan Pusat Pembaikan Kenderaan VAB yang terletak di Bolkiah Garison. Program ini juga termasuk lawatan ke beberapa tempat tarikan pelancong seperti Kampung Ayer, Pusat Kesenian dan Pertukangan Tangan Brunei, dan Muzium Alat Kebesaran Diraja.

Laksamana Muda (E) Guillaume De Garidel-Thoron juga membuat kunjungan hormat berasingan kepada Pemangku Pemerintah Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei, Laksamana Pertama Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad dan Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Pertahanan, Kepten (Bersara) Dato Paduka Abd Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, TLDB. Kedua-dua belah pihak juga turut mengesahkan komitmen untuk meneruskan usaha ke arah mempertingkatkan hubungan pertahanan dan ketenteraan di antara Brunei Darussalam dan Republik Perancis.

Penubuhan Jawatankuasa Kerja Pertahanan Bersama antara Negara Brunei Darussalam dan Republik Perancis adalah sebahagian dari skop kerjasama di bawah Memorandum Persefahaman Mengenai Kerjasama dalam Bidang-Bidang Pertahanan dan Kelengkapan Pertahanan yang ditandatangani antara kedua-dua negara pada 25 Februari 1999.

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