|Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang speaks at the meeting__Photo: VNA|
Vietnam will play a more active role in cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the US, especially within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+), Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang affirmed on November 15.
Addressing in the ASEAN-US Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting in Indonesia, Giang praised the US commitment to supporting ASEAN’s centrality and promoting comprehensive cooperation with the region, especially in economy, trade, investment, and science-technology.
The minister also shared the view that the region is facing many traditional and non-traditional security challenges, requiring the cooperation and contributions of all countries.
He and other ASEAN ministers affirmed that with its central role, ASEAN stands ready to cooperate with the US and other partners to handle these challenges.
For his part, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recalled the attendance of all US Defense Secretaries at ADMM since 2010, which he said, demonstrates the importance the US attaches to ADMM, an important cooperation mechanism in the regional security architecture.
He noted his hope for more effective, substantive defense cooperation with the grouping, for regional peace and security, through joint exercises or the US-ASEAN Emerging Defense Leaders Program.
The official held that maritime security plays the most important role in regional security, and emphasized the significance of ensuring the freedom and openness of maritime routes in accordance with international law.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Giang and Austin met to discuss measures to promote bilateral defence cooperation, focusing on war consequences settlement and humanitarian aid such as bomb and mine clearance, dioxin remediation, and searching for soldiers missing during wartime in Vietnam.
Giang said that Vietnam will organize the second International Defense Expo in late 2024 and expressed his hope that US defense industry businesses will attend this event.- (VNA/VLLF)