VIENTIANE – The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) needs to promote unity and increase its role in addressing security challenges in an effective and prompt manner.
Lao Defence Minister Chansamone Channhalat made the statement while opening the 10th ADMM in Vientiane, Laos, yesterday.
He affirmed that over the past decade, ADMM has contributed to maintaining peace, security and development in the region.
This year’s theme of “Promoting Defence Cooperation for a Dynamic ASEAN Community” conformed with the goal of boosting the group’s commitments, strength and unity and aimed to intensify defence and security co-operation within the ADMM framework in order to counter non-traditional security challenges, he said.
ASEAN Secretary General Lê Lương Minh delivered reports on the current ASEAN situation, and the outcomes of several meetings, including the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting and the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus.
Participating ministers are expected to approve several documents within the ADMM framework and the meeting’s joint statement.
Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngô Xuân Lịch led a delegation to the event./.