The 16th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) adopted a joint statement titled ‘Phnom Penh Vision on the Role of Defence Establishments in Support of COVID-19 Recovery’ as well as the ‘Joint Declaration of the ASEAN Defence Ministers on Defence Cooperation to Strengthen Solidarity for Harmonised Security’.
The 16th ADMM was held at the Ministry of National Defence of Cambodia yesterday, marking the first time all ASEAN Defence Ministers and defence representatives gathered after two years of virtual meetings.
Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh chaired the meeting.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof represented Brunei Darussalam.
With this year’s theme of ‘Solidarity for Harmonised Security’, the meeting observed the adoption of three concept papers by Cambodia, one Terms of Reference (TOR), and notation of two discussion papers.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, the ASEAN Defence Ministers and defence representatives made a joint courtesy call on Prime Minister of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at The Peace Palace.
At the sidelines, the ASEAN-Japan Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting was convened, co-chaired by Tea Banh and Japan’s Minister of Defence Kishi Nobuo.
The ASEAN-China Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting followed, convened virtually and co-chaired by Tea Banh and China State Councillor and Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe.
Bilateral meetings were also held between Brunei Darussalam with Cambodia and Japan. Cambodia will host the 9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) and ADMM Retreat in November.