Singapore Hosts 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting and 5th ADMM-Plus

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The 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and 5th ADMM-Plus were held on October 19 and 20, 2018 Singapore. ADMM and ADMM-Plus serve as key Ministerial-level platforms in regional security architecture for promoting strategic dialogue and practical cooperation between ASEAN  and its partners. The conferences were attended by defense ministers from India, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, and the US.  India was represented by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This was the second time Singapore has chaired ADMM since its establishment in 2006 and first time to chair ADMM-Plus since its establishment in 2010. The theme of this year’s dialogue was ‘Strengthening Cooperation, Building Resilience’.

ADMM and ADMM-Plus serve as key Ministerial-level platforms in regional security architecture for promoting strategic dialogue and practical cooperation between ASEAN and its partners.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

At present, there are 10 members namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The motto of ASEAN is “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”.

ADMM-Plus:

ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and it is eight dialogue partners to strengthen security and defense co-operation for peace, stability, and development in the region. Its objective is to promote mutual trust and confidence between defense establishments through greater dialogue and transparency.

The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010. The defense ministers then had agreed on five areas of practical cooperation, including maritime security, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations, and humanitarian assistance.

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