The two meetings also aimed to prepare for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) slated for this October. At the ADSOM, heads of the delegations discussed reports on the outcomes of defence cooperation among ASEAN nations, the meetings of ASEAN militaries’ research agencies, and the preparations for the ADMM and the ADMM+. They reaffirmed the importance of solidarity and solidarity in the bloc to effectively respond to common security challenges. Amid the swiftly changing strategic context, they said ASEAN needs to continue promoting ties with major partners so as to maintain peace and stability in the region. The meeting also scrutinised the grouping’s defence cooperation initiatives such as the ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network and a network of ASEAN chemical, biological and radiological defence experts. Deputy Defence Minister, Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, who led the Vietnamese delegation to the meetings, said together with Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia, Vietnam has been chosen by the United Nations to become a training site for peacekeeping forces of the region. Therefore, the country is ready to play a more active role to help improve ASEAN’s peacekeeping capacity. It also wants to boost connections with other… Read full this story
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