The 13th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) adopted the Expansion of ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure, ADI Phase 1 to Plus Countries, which is spearheaded by Brunei Darussalam. The meeting in Bangkok, Thailand was chaired by General Prawit Wongsuwon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Thailand. Representing the country to the meeting was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md. Yussof, Second Minister of Defence.
ADMM is a culmination of all the consolidated efforts from earlier ADSOM-WG and ADSOM, and deliberated on several new initiatives as well as progress of ongoing and existing initiatives within ADMM. The meeting was also briefed on the recent developments in ASEAN, the outcomes of the 16th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Meeting, ACDFM, and the latest information on ASEAN defence cooperation development. The ASEAN Defence Ministers also signed a Joint Declaration on Sustainable Security.
Prior to 13th ADMM, the Second Minister of Defence joined other ASEAN Defence Ministers for a joint courtesy call on His Excellency Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand.
Yang Berhormat also had the opportunity to have a bilateral meeting with General Prawit Wongsuwon. The ASEAN Defence Ministers were also feted with a Gala Dinner on the occasion of the 13th ADMM.
As the chairman of this year's ADMM, Thailand will also chair the 6th ADMM Plus and the ADMM Retreat this November. Also present were Retired Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma'awiah, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, as the leader of Brunei Darussalam's ADSOM, and Awang Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud, Director of Defence Policy as ADSOM- WG Leader.
Source: Radio Television Brunei