ASEAN Defense Ministers Retreat, Informal Meetings and Handover Ceremony
13 November 2021
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     The ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat and Handover Ceremony was conducted virtually on 10 November 2021. Informal Meetings with Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Defense Ministers were also held at the sidelines. 

     Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was represented by Assistant Secretary for Strategic Assessments and International Affairs Teodoro Cirilo T. Torralba III. 

     The Defense Ministers congratulated Brunei Darussalam for the successful ADMM and ADMM-Plus Chairmanship in 2020, and welcomed Cambodia's incoming ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022. They also acknowledged the need to prepare the future of the ADMM especially in its relations with the ADMM-Plus, as well as ASEAN's friends and Dialogue Partners. 

     At the ASEAN-ROK and ASEAN-Australia informal meetings, the Defense Ministers shared views on regional security challenges and affirmed commitments to strengthening relationship and cooperation with the ASEAN at the center. Both the ROK and Australian Defense Ministers intend to continue and deepen cooperation with the ASEAN through the ADMM-Plus. 

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