Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen hosted the 10th Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Defence Ministers' Meeting (FDMM) in Singapore earlier today. The meeting was attended by Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Malaysian Minister of Defence Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, New Zealand Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell and the British High Commissioner to Singapore Scott Wightman.

The Ministers and High Commissioner had fruitful discussions on regional developments and current security challenges, where they noted that the FPDA has been an integral element of the regional security architecture. Affirming the vital confidence-building role that the FPDA plays, they agreed to enhance the observers programme for non-FPDA countries in the region to observe FPDA exercises in the spirit of promoting the FPDA's transparency.

Looking to the 50th anniversary of the FPDA in 2021, the Ministers and High Commissioner pledged their support for the FPDA's continued efforts to enhance the operational value of its exercises, and to maintain its strategic relevance in the contemporary security architecture. In this regard, Dr Ng shared that the meeting has agreed to "update the relevance of the FPDA both in terms of the exercises, integration of new capabilities, as well as to deal with current security threats in response to a changing security environment, which now includes counter-terrorism and maritime security."

The Defence Ministers and High Commissioner Wightman also called on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak via video-teleconference, as well as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, during which both Prime Ministers expressed strong support for the FPDA.

The FDMM is held every three years, with Singapore and Malaysia taking turns to host. It is the pinnacle decision-making platform of the FPDA.

Source: Ministry Of Defence