Defence minister Tea Banh yesterday said he firmly supports a joint commitment by Asean member states towards strengthening sustainable security in the region.
Mr Banh and his delegation are attending the 13th Asean Defence Minister’s Meeting being held in Bangkok until today.
A statement from the delegation, obtained yesterday, said Mr Banh was especially pleased with a Thai call for more cooperation on tackling illegal fishing.
“The management of fishing is complicated and covers an extensive area,” Mr Banh said in the statement. “This meeting lays the foundation for experts to continue discussions on fishing security to benefit all parties.”
During yesterday’s meeting chaired by Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, ADMM members put out a joint statement declaring their commitment to strengthen cooperation and collectively respond to all forms of security threats.
The declaration noted the rapid changes in the regional security environment and the implications of increasing regional integration and connectivity as well as technological advancements, which cause an impact on non-traditional security threats that are complex, unpredictable, transboundary and increasing in frequency and severity.
“[The regional grouping] is inspired by relentless efforts in advancing partnership for sustainability, in which Asean Member States move forward together to strengthen a people-centred and people-oriented Community that leaves no one behind, and looks forward to the future,” it noted.
The statement emphasised ADMM and the ADMM-Plus as being important platforms for strategic dialogue on defence and security cooperation.
“[We must] intensify our efforts to promote sustainable security cooperation through strengthening capacities and cooperation amongst Asean Member States as well as with the Plus countries in response to non-traditional and transnational security threats in the region,” it said.
During the meeting, ADMM also adopted several documents to promote regional cooperation, including a guideline to avoid misunderstanding and undesirable incidents at sea.