Antony to Attend Asean Defence Ministers Meeting in Hanoi

By admin • October 8th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The Defence Minister AK Antony will leave New Delhi on Sunday for a four-day visit to Vietnam to attend the first ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM)-Plus at Hanoi next week. Shri Antony will be accompanied by a high level delegation including the Defence Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar and representatives of the Services.

It may be recalled that during the Fourth ADMM held in last May, the ASEAN Defence Ministers agreed to establish an ADMM-Plus forum comprising the 10 ASEAN countries and 8 non-ASEAN countries namely, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.

A press release issued by the Indian defence ministry said the ADMM-Plus seeks to address the regional peace and security challenges by providing balanced and inclusive security architecture for the region as a whole and provide opportunities to build mutual trust and confidence among the defence establishments of the ASEAN and the Plus countries.

We view our participation in the ADMM-Plus deliberations as an aspect of our Look –East Policy and the larger objective of our integration with the region.

On the sidelines of the ADMM-Plus, Antony will also have bilateral meetings with the Defence Ministers of other countries. His visit to Vietnam will also be an opportunity for a series of bilateral meetings with the Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh and other Vietnamese leaders for discussion on issues of mutual interest. Shri Antony had toured Vietnam in December 2007 on a bilateral visit. This was followed by the visit of the Vietnamese Defence Minister to India in November 2009.

Source: India Defence Online

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