The ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus Working Group (ADSOM+ WG) was held via video conference on Wednesday, chaired by Lieut. Gen. Vũ Chiến Thắng, Director of the Ministry of Defence’s Foreign Relations Department and head of ADSOM+ WG Việt Nam.
The meeting was attended by heads of ADSOM+ WG from ASEAN member nations, representatives from the bloc’s partner countries and the ASEAN Secretariat, and defence attachés of ASEAN nations and partner countries in Hà Nội.
It aimed to promote defence co-operation between ASEAN member countries and partner countries, as well as prepare for the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus (ADSOM+) slated for today.
In his speech, Thắng thanked ASEAN member nations and the bloc’s partner countries for their support to Việt Nam as Chair of ASEAN 2020.
The 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and related meetings will be held online in December due to COVID-19, Thắng said, and the ADSOM+ WG was to prepare for the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting-Plus (ADSOM+) today as well as the 7th ADMM+.
Participants discussed the 2021-2023 work plan of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group and the draft joint declaration of the 7th ADMM+.