Minister of Defence with other Asean defence ministers at the meeting. – PHOTOS: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
THE 11th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) commenced yesterday at the Asean Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines.
The meeting was chaired by the Secretary of National Defence of the Philippines, Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana.
Representing His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Accompanying him were Captain (Rtd) Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and officers from the Prime Ministers’ Office and MinDef.
During the meeting, the defence ministers discussed the progress of the ADMM and the work that the ADMM will undertake in the next three years.
The ministers also expressed their satisfaction on the adoption of a number of initiatives this year that have contributed to the betterment of the security in the region.
The meeting also witnessed a medal conferment ceremony by the Minister of Defence of Indonesia Ryamizard Ryacudu to all the other Asean ministers for their contributions towards building peace and stability in the region.
The ministers then signed and proceeded with the handover of the joint declaration.
The declaration expressed concerns over the security challenges that the region faces and reaffirmed the ADMM’s commitment to work collectively with one another and partner countries to address these challenges through practical cooperation.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Asean Defence Ministers’ Informal Meetings were also held separately with China, Japan and the United States.
Bilaterally, Brunei Darussalam called on the Philippines as the host, Malaysia and Singapore. Issues of mutual concern were discussed and ways to advance bilateral defence relations were explored.
Held for the first time on May 9, 2006, the ADMM is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in Asean.
Among its objectives are to promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defence and security as well as to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of security challenges.
Courtesy: Borneo Bulletin | October 24, 2017
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