24/04/2016 08:58 GMT+7 print

Vietnam joins ASEAN defence meeting in Laos

Vientiane, April 24 (VNA) – A Vietnamese delegation led by Head of the Institute for International Defence Relations, Major General Vu Tien Trong participated in the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials Meeting (ADSOM) in Vientiane, Laos on April 23.

The meeting discussed and passed documents to be submitted to the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), programmes in the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and other related issues.

Speaking at the event, Major General Onsi Sensue, Chief of the Lao Defence Ministry Office said the event is aiming to prepare the content of the ADMM slated for May 24-27, especially in introducing policies and plans for ASEAN’s defence and security cooperation towards the goal of surmounting challenges and bolstering peace, security, stability and development in the region.

The general who is also head of Laos’ ADSOM added that 2016 is the first year in existence of the ASEAN Community, hence ASEAN’s member states are required to strengthen cooperation in key pillars, including politics-security, economy and culture-society.

The ADMM is the highest defence mechanism within ASEAN, which aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.