5th Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting On ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure

The 13th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting, ADMM held in Bangkok, Thailand last July has adopted the Concept Paper on Expanding ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure, ADI to the Plus Countries thus paving the way for the inclusion of Plus Countries to the ADI. This is evident of how ADMM promotes regional security through inclusiveness. Haji Amiruddin bin Haji Mohammad Hassan, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence stated this at the opening of the 5th Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting on ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure, ADI in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting, ADMM Process yesterday morning. Haji Amiruddin believed that although it may not be an easy task, but as demonstrated in the past, with the ASEAN spirit of solidarity in addressing complex and difficult issues, success is certain to be achieved towards another ASEAN Defence cooperation.

The meeting is co-chaired by Awang Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence who is also the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials Meeting ADSOM Working Group Leader for Brunei Darussalam; Lieutenant Colonel Udara Zainolhizad bin Haji Md. Zain, First Staff Officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Royal Brunei Armed Forces; and Teodoro Cirilo T. Torralba the third, Assistant Secretary for Assessments and International Affairs, Department of National Defence, who is also the ADSOM Working Group Leader for the Republic of the Philippines. The meeting will be followed by the Workshop on ADI with Plus Countries this Wednesday. The workshop is aimed at introducing ADI to the Plus Countries by discussing its strategic, operational and technical aspects.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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