About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus)

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ADMM-Plus Establishment

Consistent with the ADMM guiding principles of open and outward looking, the 2ndADMM in Singapore in 2007 adopted the Concept Paper to establish the ADMM-Plus.The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.

The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 12 October 2010. The Defence Ministers then agreed on five areas of practical cooperation to pursue under this new mechanism, namely maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and military medicine. To facilitate cooperation on these areas,  Experts' Working Groups (EWGs) are established. 

In 2013, a new priority area of humanitarian mine action was agreed and the EWGs on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) was established following the endorsement of the 7th ADMM in Brunei Darussalam on 7 May 2013.

Practical cooperation has been moving apace on the six priority areas. Since 2016, the priority area has been expanded to include cyber security and the EWG on Cyber Security has been established following the endorsement of the 10th ADMM in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on 25 May 2016.

The 3rd ADMM-Plus was convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 November 2015.

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