In his opening remarks to the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Retreat, Banh said that while the region has been recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and moving towards a new normal, the current security landscape in the region and around the world remains fragile. and increasingly uncertain.
“We simultaneously face so many dangers that seriously threaten the security and harmony of our region and our people,” Banh said.
“All these challenges highlight the need for collective efforts and a strong sense of solidarity among ASEAN defense establishments to jointly address such challenges,” he said, adding that “it is obvious that no country can tackle global challenges by itself.” If only”.
Banh, also one of Cambodia’s deputy prime ministers, said this year’s ADMM and related meetings under the theme “Harmonized Solidarity for Security” reaffirmed collective commitments to respond to challenges in the region.
He believes that the ADMM Retreat will strengthen joint commitments to ASEAN unity and centrality, and ensure that the ADMM remains in the driver’s seat in all aspects of its engagement with external partners.
He added that over the past 16 years, the ADMM has become a useful platform for strategic dialogue, confidence-building and regional cooperation to maintain ASEAN peace, security, stability and prosperity.