Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will visit Singapore on 19-20 October 2018 to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting‑Plus (the ADMM-Plus).
Minister Pyne said he will join Defence Ministers from across South East Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific to discuss multilateral defence cooperation and regional security developments.
“The ADMM-Plus has made strong progress towards fostering practical military cooperation and confidence building measures,” Minister Pyne said.
“Australia will continue its long and proud history of contributing to the ADMM‑Plus, including as co-chair with Indonesia of the framework’s Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations.”
“The region must work together to address common challenges, including the evolving terrorism threat and continued tensions in the South China Sea.”
While in Singapore the Minister will meet with a number of his Ministerial counterparts.
The ADMM-Plus will be attended by Defence Ministers or their representatives from the 10 ASEAN states and the eight ‘Plus’ countries: Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.