The event was attended by heads of ADSOM+WG of ASEAN member countries, representatives of Defense Ministries of the bloc’s partners (Russia, China, the U.S., Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India) and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat.
The Vietnamese delegation to the meeting was led by Senior Colonel Pham Manh Thang, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Relations under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense.
This was the third meeting that Brunei had hosted during the country’s 2021 ASEAN Chairmanship Year.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Head of Brunei’s ADSOM+ WG highlighted the active participation of ASEAN member countries and the bloc’s partners in the event, affirming that their attendance showed their support for Brunei as ASEAN Chair in 2021. He expressed belief that the meeting will be a success.
As reported, this ADSOM+WG was held to review the final preparations for the 8th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) which is scheduled to take place virtually on June 16. Delegates discussed and agreed on the agenda and draft joint statement for the upcoming 8th ADMM+.
Translated by Tran Hoai