December 4, 2022

India, Cambodia to co-chair maiden India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meet

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Rajnath Singh to preside over India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meet during his visit to Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, To commemorate 30 years of India-ASEAN relations, India and Cambodia will co-chair the maiden India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting on November 22 presided over by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Various initiatives to boost India-ASEAN partnership are planned to be announced during the meeting.

The Defence Minister will pay a state visit to Cambodia from November 22-23 at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia Samdech Pichey Sena TEA Banh. Cambodia, as the chair of ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus (ADMM Plus) meeting is hosting the 9th annual meeting at Siem Reap, Cambodia and the Defence Minister will address the forum on November 23. He will also call on the Prime Minister of Cambodia.

India became the dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992 and the inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 12, 2010. Since 2017, ADMM-Plus Ministers have been meeting annually to further the dialogue and cooperation among ASEAN and the Plus countries. India and ASEAN have elevated their relationship to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ in November 2022.

Apart from the ADMM-Plus meeting and India-ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting, the Defence Minister will hold bilateral discussions with Defence Ministers of the participating countries. During the talks, Rajnath Singh will discuss defence cooperation matters and ways to further strengthen the mutually beneficial engagements.

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