National Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin had a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Minister of Defense YB Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on March 11, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The Malaysian defense official visited the country March 10 and 11.
Among the topics they discussed were the freedom of navigation in South China Sea, peaceful resolution of maritime disputes, threat brought by self-proclaimed Islamic State and cooperation in disaster risk reduction and disaster response.
They also encouraged Philippine and Malaysian military to pursue additional opportunities for engagement in the areas of HADR, peacekeeping, maritime security and military medicine, among others.
Moreover, they stated their intention to promote defense industry cooperation by encouraging industrial cooperation and facilitating the development of technology, commercial and economic links between defense related companies of the two countries.
Secretary Gazmin and the Malaysian minister also reaffirmed their resolve to heighten the level of defense cooperation in order to promote mutual understanding and trust and contribute to regional peace and stability.