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Singapore and Germany committed to strengthen & expand bilateral defence cooperation

Leaders from Singapore and Germany have expressed commitment to further strengthen and expand bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen is visiting Germany for an introductory visit from April 22 to April 24 2013. On 22 April 2013, Dr Ng met with his counterpart Dr Thomas de Maizière in Berlin. During the meeting, both parties reaffirmed the warm and growing bilateral relations between Singapore and Germany. Prior to their meeting, Dr Ng inspected a Guard of Honour with Dr de Maizière.

During their bilateral meeting, Dr Ng and Dr de Maizière discussed political and security developments in Europe and Asia, as well as bilateral defence cooperation.

Dr Ng conveyed Singapore's appreciation of German government's support for the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) armour training in Germany.

With the recent agreement to provide a second training window from 2013 onwards, the SAF will now be able to train in Germany twice a year. Both parties expressed commitment to further strengthen and expand bilateral defence cooperation. Dr Ng also conveyed that he was looking forward to Dr de Maizière's attendance at the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue in June this year. 

Dr Ng will be visiting the SAF's armour live-firing exercise, codenamed Panzer Strike, as well as meeting with Chair of the Bundestag Defence Committee Dr Susanne Kastner on Tuesday.

Singapore and Germany interact regularly in a range of defence interactions, such as visits, military exchanges, professional courses, policy dialogues and technology collaboration. Both countries signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement in September 2005 to formalise their defence interactions.