The joint statement was adopted at the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers Plus Meeting (9th ADMM-Plus), which brought together defense ministers from ASEAN and their dialogue partners, including Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
The ministers agreed to “enhance the spirit of solidarity and cooperation within ASEAN and with plus countries to achieve harmonized security to promote peace, stability, prosperity and resilience in the face of current and emerging security challenges in the region.” “says the statement. .
They pledged to strengthen their collective efforts and practical cooperation to mitigate the impact of current and emerging, traditional and non-traditional threats, including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, violent extremism leading to terrorism, and natural disasters, among others, added. .
In addition, they agreed to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region, including through deepening relations and effective practical cooperation, adherence to the rule of law and good governance, among others, says the statement.
Speaking at a press conference, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, Chairman of the 9th ADMM-Plus, said the ministers also reaffirmed the belief that regionalism and multilateralism are important principles and frameworks for open and inclusive cooperation. based on mutual benefit and respect to address common issues. security concerns.
“We reaffirm our commitment to promote sustainable peace and security in the region by reinforcing strategic trust and mutual trust within ASEAN and the wider region through enhanced collaboration and dialogues under ASEAN-led mechanisms” , said.
Banh added that the ministers also welcomed the expansion of ASEAN’s direct communications infrastructure in the ADMM process to plus countries, which will strengthen strategic cooperation and provide a platform to engage in dialogue and enhance transparency, regional confidence and security-enhancing measures. .
At the end of the meeting, Banh handed over the ADMM presidency to his Indonesian counterpart, Prabowo Subianto, who will preside over the 17th ADMM and 10th ADMM-Plus in 2023.