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Terror on the agenda at Asean summit

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Defence Minister Tea Banh. Supplied

Defence Minister Tea Banh yesterday left for the Philippines to attend the 11th Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting, where delegates will discuss terrorism and other regional security issues.

Speaking to journalists at Phnom Penh International Airport before his departure, Gen Banh said all Asean defence ministers were focussing their efforts on tackling terrorism.

Issues relating to the Korean peninsula, the South China Sea and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar would also be on the agenda of the meeting, which runs today and tomorrow, he said.

Gen Banh said the Asean defence ministers would hold informal meetings with their counterparts from Japan, China and the US during the two-day summit.

“The meeting will mainly focus on terrorism, which the Philippines itself is cracking down on effectively,” he said, adding that while there is no sign of terrorism in Cambodia, it is good to learn from other countries on how to prevent the problem.

“We want to stop any spread of terrorism in the region. We have good cooperation on this matter,” he added.

On the sidelines of the event, Gen Banh will hold meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, the Philippines, Laos and Australia.

He will also sign a defence agreement with the Indonesian defence minister.

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