Brunei attends security policy conference in Laos
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Deputy Permanent Secretary (Defence Policy and Development) at the Ministry of Defence Abu Sufian Hj Ali yesterday attended the 13th ASEAN Regional Forum Security Policy Conference (ASPC) at Luang Prabang in Laos.
During the meeting, member countries discussed and exchanged views on regional and international security issues, while looking into the challenges and best practices.
Member nations were united in agreement that natural disasters, violent extremism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, transnational crime and other security threats remain serious concerns for the region and beyond.
The meeting stressed the importance of regional frameworks such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ADMM Plus as platforms for dialogue and cooperation while acknowledging that capacity building, information sharing and enhancing international mechanisms as ways to counter non-traditional security threats among member nations.
The meeting was chaired by Maj Gen Onesy Senesouk, the Laotian permanent secretary at the Ministry of National Defence.
It was attended by representatives from 20 countries from the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union, including an officer from Brunei’s Directorate of Defence Policy.
Meanwhile, the ASEAN Regional Forum Defence Officials’ Dialogue was held on May 5, 2016, where views were exchanged on cooperation between the civilians and the military on humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and cyber security challenges.
Also held prior to the meeting was an informal breakfast between ASEAN member states and China where the importance of the ASEAN Regional Forum and ADMM Plus in fostering and strengthening relations was emphasised.
The Brunei Times