SANTIAGO – The 16th Defense Staff Talks between United Kingdom and Chile took place on 13-14 September 2018 in Santiago at the Ministry of Defense.
The talks were led by the Undersecretary of Defense, Cristian de la Maza Riquelme, representing Chile and the Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, representing the United Kingdom.
The meeting is the most valuable dialogue instance between both Ministries of Defense, in which there is the opportunity to exchange views on topics of mutual interest and to discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation.
During the meeting the status of the activities agreed in the 2017 Defense Talks was revised; topics of mutual interest were discussed, mainly relating to the bilateral cooperation agenda between both countries, and there was an exchange of defense political views.
Furthermore, as part of these activities, the United Kingdom delivered a Cyber defense workshop, attended by members of the Chilean Armed Forces and of the national cyber-security sector.
At the end of the meeting, the Undersecretary of Defense, Cristián de la Maza, and the Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, signed a Letter of Agreement for mutual cooperation in cyber defense.
Undersecretary de la Maza thanked the United Kingdom for sharing its experiences in different areas of common interest, particularly in the field of Cyber-defense, “as this helps us to better understand the challenges we face and reduce learning periods, as we learn from countries that have already traveled this path”.
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