By The Nation
The model refers to sustainable security, strengthening, consolidating and optimising defence cooperation and supporting cross-pillar activities, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said in a press statement recently.
The model is intended to promote defence and security cooperation in line with the prime minister’s policy to build a people-centred community that focuses on the future and leaves no-one behind, while harmonising the cooperation in the community’s three pillars under the key theme Advancing Partnership for Sustainability, he said.
Moreover, security and trust among Asean Member States are an important foundation, especially on the border areas both on land and at sea, Prawit said.
Asean military plays an important role in supporting border management continuously and this year it will address the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated or IUU fishing, the statement said.
In addition, there will be the preparation on important activities such as Asean Center of Military Medicine or ACMM, joint staff exercises on peacekeeping operations and joint exercises on counter-terrorism to move forward sustainable security cooperation together.
This year, the meetings under the preview of ADMM and the ADMM-Plus will be held to discuss and exchange security views in four sessions including the Asean Defence Senior Official’s Meeting Working Group or ADSOM WG, the Permanent Secretary of Defence level or ADSOM, and the Asean Defence Minister-level or ADMM respectively.
They will begin with the ADSOM WG and ADSOM-Plus WG meetings until March 1 in Phuket province, followed by the ADSOM and ADSOM–Plus meetings during April 2-5, in Hua-Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
The 13th ADMM will be held in Bangkok during July 10-12 and the ADMM Retreat and 6th ADMM-Plus which will be held from November 16-19 in Bangkok.
All meetings are organised as part of Thailand’s Asean chairmanship in 2019.