13th ADMM ends on a high note

|     Aziz Idris     |

THE 13th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) concluded on a high note in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand yesterday.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof represented the Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah, in his capacity as Brunei Darussalam ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) Leader and Director of Defence Policy Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud, in his capacity as Brunei Darussalam ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Working Group Meeting (ADSOM-WG) Leader, were also present.

The 13th ADMM was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Kingdom of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwon in his capacity as Thailand’s ADMM Leader.

The meeting adopted the Expansion of ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure (ADI) Phase 1 to Plus Countries, which is spearheaded by Brunei Darussalam earlier this year.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof discusses bilateral defence relations with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence General Prawit Wongsuwon. – MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The 13th ADMM was a culmination of all the consolidated efforts from earlier ADSOM-WG and ADSOM, all of which deliberated on several new ADMM initiatives as well as progress of ongoing and existing initiatives within ADMM.

Prior to the convening of the 13th ADMM, the Minister of Defence II joined other ASEAN Defence Ministers for a joint courtesy call on Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand General (Rtd) Prayut Chan-o-cha in the morning.

Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi also had a bilateral meeting with General Prawit Wongsuwon, at the sidelines of the meeting.

The ASEAN Defence Ministers will also be feted with a gala dinner on the occasion of the 13th ADMM.

Pursuant to Thailand’s capacity as ADMM chair, Thailand will also chair the 6th ADMM-Plus as well as the ADMM Retreat in November 2019.