Minister commends Russia’s support to ASEAN Centrality

James Kon

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof commended Russia’s support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centrality throughout its 25 years of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue cooperation, including activities under the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Experts’ Working Groups and in other ASEAN security-related sector on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime, as well as their involvement in the evolving regional security architecture.

This was stated in the context of global politics in his remarks during the Plenary Session on the Asia-Pacific region at the IX Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) held virtually yesterday.

The minister shared Brunei Darussalam’s perspective on regional and international security matters, and the positive outcomes achieved through the cooperative framework under ADMM and ADMM-Plus in tackling wide-ranging security issues.

The conference began with welcoming video addresses by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Army General Sergei Shoigu also delivered his statement during the opening.

The annual MCIS has been held since 2012 by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. The event aimed to foster an understanding of security issues that shape and influence the strategic environment, where participants address current global and regional security agendas. Issues highlighted include the discussion on the military’s role in the COVID-19 situation, information security, and prospects for military cooperation which involves Russia and its regional partners.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and officials from the Directorates of Intelligence, Defence Policy and Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies also attended.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof at the conference. PHOTO: MINDEF