| James Kon |
MINISTERS at the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) exchanged views on defence cooperation towards a peaceful and prosperous Asean Community at the Aureum Palace Hotels and Resorts Bagan, Myanmar.
Co-chaired by Lieutenant General Wai Lwin, Minister of Defence, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the ministers expressed satisfaction with the number of programmes and activities implemented under the ADMM process. These would serve to encourage and promote understanding between defence and military officials, improve interoperability and put in place mechanisms for a more coordinated response in the future.
The ADMM has also taken a significant step forward to substantiate its cooperation with dialogue partners. They pledged for deeper and more constructive relations with their counterparts from the Plus countries next year in Malaysia during the 3rd Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus. In doing so, they stressed on the need to demonstrate Asean’s unity and centrality to ensure peace, stability and greater prosperity in the region.
In exchanging views on regional and international defence as well as security issues, the ministers emphasised the need to work closely together as neighbours, friends and partners to face non-traditional security challenges, and maintain peace and stability in the region. On this note, they highlighted that the region still faces challenging developments such as the rise of violence and brutality by terrorist and extremist organisations in the Middle East as well as the recurrent outbreak of the Ebola Virus, which constitute a threat to international peace and security.
The retreat congratulated Myanmar for successfully hosting the ADMM meetings this year, and extended best wishes and full support to Malaysia as the incoming Chair for both the ADMM and the ADMM-Plus next year.