KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister, Mohamad Sabu urges the eight Plus Dialogue Partners of the ASEAN member states to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the existing situation in the South China Sea.
Mohamad said, the complexity of geopolitics arising in the South China Sea requires the Plus countries to respect and adhere to the commitment made at the 5th ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers’Meeting)-Plus Meeting in 2018.
The Malaysia’s Defence Minister was attending the 6th ADMM-Plus meeting which was attended by Defence Ministers of all 10 ASEAN member states together with Defence Ministers of the eight Plus countries held in Bangkok from November 17-18.
The eight Plus Dialogue Partners consists of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and United States of America.
Earlier Mohamad attended the ADMM Retreat where he addressed the current situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
In the meeting he cautioned that the situation must be addressed judiciously to avoid fleeing of Rohingyas to neighbouring countries including Malaysia and preventing them from succumbing to extremist ideologies and recruitment due to their sufferings.
“At the meeting Malaysia was appointed as the co-chairmanship of ADMM-Plus Experts’Working Group (EWG) on Cyber Security with the Republic of Korea from 2020-2023. Previously Malaysia co-chaired the ADMM-Plus EWG on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief with the United States from 2017-2020,” said the Ministry of Defence in its statement on Nov.18.
The ADMM Retreat and 6th ADMM-Plus were also held together with the Defence and Security 2019, a defence exhibition organised by the Thai government.
Mohamad attended the opening ceremony and also officiated the Malaysia Pavilion at the exhibition on November 18, 2019. He also took the opportunity to promote the upcoming 17th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2020) along with NATSEC (National Security) to be held in Kuala Lumpur next year. –Malaysia World News (MWN)