On June 22, the ASEAN Defence Ministers will convene in Cambodia

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According to an official statement released on Friday, Cambodia is preparing to host the 16th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) on June 22 in Phnom Penh, which will be chaired by Cambodian Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh.

According to the announcement, the conference would bring together Defense Ministers from all ASEAN member states, as reported by the Xinhua news agency.

According to the statement, a number of documents will be adopted at the upcoming meeting, including enhanced military cooperation among ASEAN member states to prevent cross-border pandemics, promoting support mechanisms for female peacekeepers, and establishing cooperation among military educational institutions.

According to General Nem Sowath, director-general of Cambodia’s General Department of the Defence Ministry’s Policy and Foreign Affairs, the meeting will also endorse a Phnom Penh vision on the role of defence institutions in supporting the post-Covid pandemic recovery, as well as a joint declaration to strengthen solidarity for harmonious security.

“As the host of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting and related security gatherings in 2022, Cambodia is dedicated to promoting ASEAN solidarity to address existing and upcoming security issues in the region,” he said at a press conference today.

A virtual ASEAN-China Defence Ministers’ informal meeting and a physical ASEAN-Japan Defence Ministers’ informal meeting will be held in addition to the 16th ADMM, according to Sowath.