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  • 01 December, 2022

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9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus

9th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus

The Indian Defence Minister recently attended the 9th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

What are the main points of India's speech?

  • Terrorism: India has called for immediate and resolute global efforts to combat transnational and cross-border terrorism, describing it as the most serious threat to regional and global security.
  • Other Security Concerns: India raised other security concerns arising from the global Covid-19 pandemic, such as energy and food security, at the forum.
  • On Maritime Security, India advocates for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region and calls for peaceful dispute resolution while respecting all nations' sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • It was also stated that the ongoing ASEAN-China negotiations on the South China Sea Code of Conduct should be fully consistent with international law, specifically the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and should not jeopardise the legitimate rights and interests of nations that are not parties to these discussions.

What is ADMM-Plus?

  • The ADMM-Plus was established in 2007 at the 2nd ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) in Singapore.
  • The first ADMM-Plus meeting was held in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010.
  • Brunei presided over the ADMM Plus forum in 2021.
  • It is an annual gathering of the Defense Ministers of the ten ASEAN member countries and the eight dialogue partner countries.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional organisation founded to promote political and social stability amid rising tensions among Asia's post-colonial states.


  • The ADMM-Plus countries include ten ASEAN Member States (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia) and eight Plus countries, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States.
  • Its goal is to promote mutual trust and confidence among defence establishments through increased dialogue and transparency.
  • Cooperation areas include maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations, and military medicine.

Source: The Financial Express

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