DILI, 15 november 2023 (TATOLI) – The Minister of Defense, Donaciano Costa Gomes ‘Pedro Klamar Fuik’, participates in the 17th Defense Ministerial Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ADMM) and the 10th ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting, which takes in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The national delegation from Timor-Leste will attend the event in Jakarta from november 15 to 17.
“The meeting of ASEAN defense ministers will approve the status of the Minister of Defense’s participation as an observer member and allow our minister to intervene in the defense of the Southeast Asian region,” said in a statement.
According to the agenda, the Timorese Defense Minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his Indonesian counterpart, Prabowo Subianto, and Laos on november 16.
The ADMM is the highest defense consultative and cooperative mechanism in ASEAN. The ADMM aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through a greater understanding of defense and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.
The objectives of the ADMM, are: “to promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defense and security; to give guidance to existing senior defense and military officials dialogue and cooperation in the field of defense and security within ASEAN and between ASEAN and dialogue partners; to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defense and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness; and to contribute to the establishment of an ASEAN Security Community (ASC) as stipulated in the Bali Concord II and to promote the implementation of the Vientiane Action Program (VAP) on ASC.
Themed “Peace, Prosperity, and Security,” the meeting will discuss and provide policy guidance to promote cooperation within ASEAN as well as with its formal partners.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins