Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), and representatives of relevant agencies of the Ministry of National Defense joined the event from Hanoi.

After the opening ceremony, delegates discussed matters related to the theme of “the cohesion and responsiveness of ASEAN militaries to solve regional security threats in the ‘new normal’ condition following the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Delegates attend the teleconference.

Speaking at the event, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Nghia highly valued the preparations of the host Brunei for the meeting, and at the same time stressed that the region and the world are facing various traditional and non-traditional security threats, such as sovereignty disputes, cross-border crimes, terrorism, cyber security, natural disasters, water security, and diseases. In particular, marine security issues remain complicated given that countries are attempting to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

He took the occasion to share the VPA’s experience in responding to the pandemic and the recent flooding in central Vietnam, and expressed his hope that ASEAN ground forces will promote solidarity and support so as to identify initiatives to strengthen cooperation for effective responses to emerging security threats for regional peace and prosperity.

At the end of the meeting, the ACAMM Chairmanship was handed over to Myanmar.

Translated by Trung Thanh