ASEAN defence ministers to meet in Singapore

ASEAN defence ministers to meet in Singapore

Channel NewsAsia·2018-02-04 03:40

The ASEAN Defence Ministers at the 11th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) opening ceremony in Clark, east of Manila. (Photo: AFP) 

SINGAPORE: Defence ministers from the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be in Singapore from Monday (Feb 5) to attend the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat.

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow 2018, the retreat on Tuesday will be attended by defence ministers and senior officials from all 10 member states, as well as the secretary-general of ASEAN, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Saturday.

The defence ministers will call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who will also host a lunch for them at the Singapore Airshow. They will also have an informal meeting with the Chinese Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan, who will be in Singapore for his introductory visit from Feb 4 to 8.

This year marks Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN, the ADMM and the ADMM-Plus, which includes other countries like the United States, China and Japan.

Following the ADMM Retreat, Singapore will host the formal ADMM and the ADMM-Plus meetings in October, MINDEF said. This is the second time that Singapore is chairing the ADMM, since the establishment of the ADMM in 2006.

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