10th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting - Plus (ADMM-Plus)

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Recently, the Defence Minister of India participated in the 10th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting - Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • His address reflected India's commitment to regional security, peace, and cooperation within the ASEAN framework.


Key Discussions: 

  • Commitment to International Laws: Emphasized India's commitment to the freedom of navigation, overflight, and unimpeded lawful commerce in international waters according to international laws, particularly referencing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982. This statement indirectly references China's claims over the South China Sea, highlighting India's adherence to established international norms.
  • Security Initiatives: Emphasized the need for consultative, development-oriented regional security initiatives that reflect stakeholder consensus. 
    • India committed to cooperating with ADMM-Plus to enhance maritime security in the region.
  • Peace and Stability: Stressed the toll conflicts take on human lives, stability, and implications for food and energy security. Reiterated India's commitment to working with ASEAN and Plus countries for peace, prosperity, and security.
  • Dialogue and Diplomacy: Highlighted the significance of dialogue and diplomacy for enduring peace and global stability. Urged moving away from an "us versus them" mindset.
  • India-ASEAN Collaboration: Appreciated ASEAN Member States' participation in various initiatives, including women in UN peacekeeping operations, marine pollution response, and collaborative maritime exercises.
  • Terrorism Concerns: Acknowledged terrorism as a serious threat and proposed co-chairing the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Counter-Terrorism, endorsed by ADMM-Plus.

Conclusion: The Defence Minister of India affirmed ASEAN's centrality and appreciated its role in promoting regional dialogue and consensus. His recent visit and commitments to ADMM-Plus reflect India's dedication to collaboration, peace, and security in the ASEAN region through multilateral cooperation and adherence to international laws and norms.

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