MinDef keen to enhance defence ties with ASEAN, Japan
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) recently reiterated Brunei’s commitment to enhancing defence ties with ASEAN and Japan.
Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar made the statement on the sidelines of the Eighth Japan-ASEAN Defence Vice-Ministerial Forum in Sendai, where she held bilateral calls with several ASEAN member states and Japan.
The forum, held on September 20 to 22, provided the 10-nation bloc and its dialogue partner with the opportunity to strengthen and forge closer ties.
Noting the diverse and significant security challenges to peace and stability in the region, ASEAN and Japan also reaffirmed the importance of pursuing robust and practical cooperation to effectively tackle the common challenges faced.
Meanwhile, Japan demonstrated its commitment to elevate its cooperation with ASEAN countries to newer heights.
Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah and other representatives at the forum also exchanged views on the current regional security outlook and underlined the integral role of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM-Plus in regional security.
Prior to the forum, a keynote address was delivered by the defence minister of Myanmar, Lieutenant General Sein Win.
In his speech, the defence minister emphasised that “principles of respect and mutual understanding with one another in addition to nurturing the spirit of unity and self-restraint” were vital to maintaining peace and stability in the region.
The forum concluded with a visit to the Matsushima Air Base and a cultural tour for the participating officials.
The Brunei Times