The two-day event focuses on current regional security challenges, including terrorism, drug trafficking and maritime conflicts.

Addressing the opening, Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said that the country will propose some initiatives at the meeting, including a three-year working plan targeting rationalizing, coordinating and standardizing of ADMM’s efforts.

He said that this is a necessary step to speed up effective cooperation mechanisms. The meeting is expected to form framework mechanisms for maritime interaction and training exchange, he added.

Following the meeting, the fourth ADMM Plus will be held between ASEAN and eight dialogue partners of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and the US.

ADMM is the highest defense cooperation and consultation of ASEAN, aiming to foster mutual trust among participants through shared perspectives on defense and security challenges, while improving the transparency and openness among the ten ASEAN countries.

Meanwhile, the ADMM Plus provides a platform for ASEAN defense chiefs to dialogue with partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

Source: VNA