Defence Minister General Tea Banh is leading a delegation made of senior members of the armed forces to attend the 13th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Thailand.
The last ADMM was held on October 19 last year in Singapore.
The delegation left the Kingdom yesterday and will be in Thailand until Friday. The trip comes following an invitation by Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.
“[ADMM] will focus on promoting peace, stability and to address regional security challenges,” Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said in a statement yesterday.
Gen Banh will deliver a keynote speech on how to maintain peace during the meeting, he noted.
“The meeting will discuss addressing challenges pertaining to Asean and ensure security in our region, including on how to maintain peace,” he said.
Before departing the Kingdom, Gen Banh wrote on Facebook calling on all citizens to prevent war from occurring in Cambodia again.
“Decades of war killed millions of innocent people, destroyed human resources and infrastructure,” he said. “It left thousands of orphans and disabled people in pain.”
Gen Banh noted that wars still occur in other countries and that they’ve caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people.
According to Asean’s website, ADMM and ADMM-Plus serve as platforms to discuss regional security issues and promote strategic dialogue and cooperation between Asean and its partners.
“ADMM-Plus conferences are attended by Defence ministers from India, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the US,” it said.