CEMA : Admiral Guillaud welcomes his Singaporean counterpart
On 4th September 2012, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, Chief of Staff of the armed forces (CEMA), welcomed his Singaporean counterpart, Lieutenant General, Neo Kian Hong.
This meeting was an opportunity to address regional and international defence and security issues and to identify new bases of bilateral cooperation. Singapore represents a primary partner to France in Asia in the areas of defence and security.
French-Singaporean military relations are governed by an intergovernmental agreement which came into effect in 2003. It is based on a defence policy dialogue, a defence technology cooperation committee and annual staff talks. These frequent meetings facilitate cross assessments on regional and strategic issues.
The cornerstone of French-Singaporean cooperation is training, including operational training. The regular port of call of French Navy ships enable the sharing of experience and interoperability. The cooperation between both air forces is a structuring part of bilateral relations, which are to expand further. The Singaporean fighter pilot school, located at Cazaux for already 14 years, provides a good illustration. The fight against maritime terrorism and piracy also represent important areas of cooperation which develop steadily.
Sources : EMA
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