Singapore strengthens defence cooperation with Thailand


Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen is currently visiting Thailand from 16 to 17 November 2015.

The Defence Minister called on Thai Prime Minister General (GEN) Prayut Chan-o-cha and Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence GEN Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday, and interacted with the newly-appointed military leaders, Thai Chief of Defence Forces GEN Sommai Kaotira, Thai Permanent Secretary for Defence GEN Preecha Jan-o-cha, Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief GEN Teerachai Nakwanich and Royal Thai Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Na Areenich. Thai Deputy Minister of Defence GEN Udomdej Sitabutr and Royal Thai Air Force Commander-in-Chief Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance were also present at the meetings.

During the meetings, both sides reaffirmed the excellent bilateral defence ties, discussed defence initiatives including enhancing joint military exercises between both militaries, as well as exchanged views on regional and international security developments.

As part of his official visit programme, Dr Ng visited the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters in Don Muang and will be visiting the Royal Thai Army 21st Infantry Regiment in Chonburi.

Ministry of Defence states that Dr Ng’s visit underscores the close and long-standing defence relationship between Singapore and Thailand. Both armed forces interact regularly through numerous bilateral and multilateral exercises, high-level visits, professional exchanges, and the cross-attendance of courses and seminars.

Singapore’s army has a joint military camp with the Thai military in Thailand for the purpose of training troops in exercise that would not be possible in Singapore’s limited land space.