BANGKOK, November 17, 2019 - Malaysia’s Defence Minister Haji Mohamad bin Sabu attended ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meetings (ADMM) Retreat and 6th ADMM-Plus

starting from 17-18 November 2019.

In conjunction with the ADMM and ADMM Plus, he had a really packed schedule with back-to-back meetings as well as bilateral meetings with his counterparts including New Zealand. YB Mohamad and Ron Mark, discussed various issues including efforts to strengthen defence cooperation. He said Malaysia and New Zealand reaffirmed their commitments in their bilateral and multilateral relations, especially with regards to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).

Later, YB Mohamad also met his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, and during their meetings, both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral defence relation, specifically to pursue more on practical defence cooperation.

Earlier, YB Mohamad and the other ASEAN colleagues attended the ASEAN-China Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting and among issues discussed were disputed South China Sea and maritime exercise.

He also attended ASEAN-Japan Defence Ministers Informal Meeting hosted by Thailand and Japan. He presented Malaysia’s views on the implementation of the Vientiane Vission – Japan’s Defence Initiative Cooperation Initiative with ASEAN on maritime security, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Cybersecurity and future of Japan-ASEAN defence cooperation.

He also attended the ASEAN-United States Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting which, co-chaired by Thailand Deputy Prime Minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The meeting discussed cooperation and information sharing in areas including maritime security, counter-terrorism and Korean Peninsular.