Syllabus Section: International Relations/ Multilateral Groupings
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Defence minister of India has attended the 14th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus organized online at Hanoi, Vietnam on 10 December 2020 that marked the 10th anniversary of ADMM Plus.
About ADMM Plus Annual Meeting
- ADMM Plus is an annual meeting of Defence Ministers of 10 ASEAN Countries and eight partner countries.
- It is platform for ASEAN and its eight dialogue partners (Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Russia, US, Japan and South Korea) to strengthen security and defence co-operation for peace, stability, and development in the region.
- It seeks to promote mutual trust and confidence between defence establishments of ASEAN and its eight partner countries through greater dialogue and transparency. It was established in 2010.
- It was held for first time in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, in which defence ministers of participating countries had agreed on five areas of practical cooperation, including counter-terrorism, maritime security, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance.
About Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- It is regional intergovernmental organisation comprising 10 Southeast Asian countries viz- Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos.
- It promotes intergovernmental cooperation as well as facilitates political, economic, sociocultural, educational, military and security integration among its members and other Asian countries.
- It was founded on 8 August 1967. It is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. India is full dialogue partner of ASEAN.