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RI stresses ASEAN unity for regional security

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Vientiane, Laos   /   Wed, November 16, 2016   /  06:08 pm
RI stresses ASEAN unity for regional security Hundreds of students take part in the Hello ASEAN community parade near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta. (JP/Nurhayati)

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has called for concrete action to follow up on regional security agreements signed by all ASEAN countries.

In his remarks during the opening session of the 2016 ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Vientiane, Laos, on Wednesday, Ryamizard cited two crucial issues that raised concerns in ASEAN member meetings: terrorism and the disputed South China Sea. 

“We have frequently discussed concerns [on regional security]. It’s time to take concrete action to realize our discussions,” Ryamizard said.

He emphasized the importance for all ASEAN’s defense ministers to remain unified to uphold safety in the region. “We must continue our togetherness and even improve our cooperation”.

Defense ministers from all ASEAN countries gathered at the ADMM in Laos to informally discuss security in the region. It is aimed at strengthening communication and solidarity among ASEAN countries, especially regarding security concerns. (evi)

 

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