Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has re-emphasised India’s call for an open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific region. He was addressing the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus through video-conferencing. The Minister presented India’s views on dealing with major security challenges in the region.
Mr. Singh underlined the importance of need based respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, peaceful resolutions of disputes through dialogue and adherence to international rules and laws. He also reiterated India’s support to freedom of navigation and over-flight for all in International waters in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) is a forum comprising 10 ASEAN member countries and eight partner nations including India, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
The 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting is being hosted by Brunei as it is the chair of the ASEAN grouping this year. The ADMM-Plus forum aims to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability and development in the region. The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010.