Sat, 25 Jun 2022

PHNOM PENH, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia is ready to host the 16th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) on June 22 in Phnom Penh, according to a defense ministry's press statement on Friday.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh will chair the meeting, which will bring together defense ministers from all ASEAN member states, the statement said.

A number of documents are expected to be adopted in the upcoming meeting, including enhanced military cooperation among ASEAN member states to prevent cross-border pandemics, promoting support mechanisms for ASEAN female peacekeepers, and establishing cooperation among ASEAN military educational institutions, it said.

General Nem Sowath, director-general of Cambodia's General Department of the Defense Ministry's Policy and Foreign Affairs, said the meeting is also expected to endorse a Phnom Penh vision on the role of defense institutions in supporting the post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery and a joint declaration of the ASEAN Defense Ministers on defense cooperation to strengthen solidarity for harmonious security.

"As the host of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' meeting and related security meetings in 2022, Cambodia is committed to promoting ASEAN's solidarity to address current and emerging security challenges in the region," he said at a press conference here.

Sowath added that apart from the 16th ADMM, there will also be a virtual ASEAN-China Defense Ministers' informal meeting and a physical ASEAN-Japan Defense Ministers' informal meeting.

ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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