Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana met with Brunei Darussalam’s Second Minister of Defense Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof on August 28, 2019 during the latter’s official visit at the Department of National Defense.
The visit of Minister Halbi is a manifestation of the mutual commitment to advance Philippines-Brunei Darussalam defense relations as highlighted by reciprocal visits, education and training exchanges, among others.
During the meeting, Secretary Lorenzana expressed appreciation for Brunei Darussalam’s support for maintaining peace and order in Mindanao through its contribution to the International Monitoring Board (IMT) and the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB).
Secretary Lorenzana also expressed optimism that the two countries’ defense relations will continue to develop.
Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation based on mutual interests. DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE