ASEAN security declaration signed

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ASEAN defence ministers reaffirmed their commitment in promoting regional peace and security following the signing of a joint declaration in Vientiane, Laos yesterday.

The 10th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Joint Declaration was signed by representatives from the regional bloc including Brunei’s Energy and Industry Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar.

In the document, the ministers underscored their commitment to strengthening efforts in enhancing regional peace and security through dialogue and cooperation.

The signing took place during the ADMM chaired by Laos, where member states exchanged views on regional security issues and increasingly complex challenges including the evolving nature of terrorism.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin emphasised that “one of the most critical new challenges that Southeast Asia is seeing today is the reverse diaspora to the region”.

During the meeting, the ministers recognised the important role played by ADMM in fostering defence cooperation across the region in a bid to address these challenges collectively as well as the “establishment of various fundamental mechanisms”.

They also adopted the terms of reference for the ASEAN Centre of Military Medicine and ASEAN Militaries Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

The ADMM also saw the adoption of the Concept Paper on the Establishment of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Cyber Security. A celebration involving a tree-planting and gallery will be held today to mark the meeting’s 10th year anniversary.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin also attended the ASEAN-China Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting, where he underscored China’s vital role as a key partner in maintaining regional peace and stability.

In his address to the ministers, he also highlighted the importance of continuing the ASEAN-China engagement in multiple security issues whilst establishing mechanisms that develop mutual assurance and confidence. On the sidelines of the meetings, he held bilateral talks with the defence ministers of Laos and the Philippines.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin was accompanied by Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence, in her capacity as Brunei’s ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) representative.

The Brunei Times