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ASEAN defence ministers adopt joint declaration

The 17th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) held at the Jakarta Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday, adopted a joint declaration titled the ‘Jakarta Joint Declaration by the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Peace, Prosperity and Security’.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof led the Sultanate’s delegation.

The Bruneian delegation included Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Alirupendi bin Haji Perudin.

Themed ’Peace, Prosperity and Security’, the 17th ADMM observed the adoption of several deliverables including two concept papers, the notation of one discussion paper, and the approval of a revised standard operating procedure (SOP).

The Sultanate had the opportunity to brief the meeting on the ongoing drafting progress and development of the A Future-Ready ADMM and ADMM-Plus: A Strategy Paper, during which the country shared the outcomes of its second workshop held in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2023. Indonesia’s Minister of Defence Prabowo Subianto chaired the meeting.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof in a group photo with ASEAN defence ministers; and the minister speaks at the meeting. PHOTO: MINDEF
PHOTO: MINDEF

A significant development was also achieved for this year’s ADMM with the inaugural participation of Timor-Leste as an observer to the ADMM and its related meetings.

On the sidelines of the 17th ADMM, the ASEAN-United States Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting was convened and co-chaired by Prabowo Subianto and United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III.

This was followed by the ASEAN-Japan Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting convened on a hybrid platform and co-chaired by Prabowo Subianto and Japanese Minister of Defence Minoru Kihara.

Brunei Darussalam also held bilateral meetings with Indonesia, Russia and the ASEAN Secretariat. Indonesia as ADMM Chair, will also host the 10th ADMM-Plus today.

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