The 9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat and the 9th ADMM-Plus, a key platform for ASEAN military leaders to discuss regional peace and security were successfully concluded on Nov. 23 after three days of meetings.
Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the National Defence shared the success at a press conference in Siem Reap provincial city this afternoon.
Samdech Tea Banh said that in the retreat meeting, the ASEAN defence ministers approved the participation of Canada, France, and the UK in the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group (EWG) Observership Programme and welcomed the commencement of the programme next year.
Then, he added, all military leaders discussed the ADMM’s progress, and exchanged views on the regional and global security environment, and on future areas of cooperation for the ADMM and ADMM-Plus.
In the ASEAN-U.S. Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting, and ASEAN-India Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting, all sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between ASEAN and the U.S. and between ASEAN and India on maritime security and peace in the region, he pointed out.
At the end of the meetings, Samdech Tea Banh handed over the ADMM chairmanship to Indonesian Defence Minister H.E. Prabowo Subianto.
ADMM and ADMM-Plus provide a good opportunity for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States –to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press