ASEAN Regional Forum Defence Officials’ Dialogue held
The ASEAN Regional Forum Defence Officials’ Dialogue (ARF DOD) was held via a video conference in Hanoi on July 1. Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh attended the event and delivered a speech.
The conference was co-chaired by Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang, Director of the Defence Ministry’s Foreign Relations Department, head of the ARF DOD Viet Nam and Mr. Christopher Johnstone, Principal Director for South and Southeast Asia Office, United States Department of Defence.
Attending the conference were representatives of 26 partner delegations within the ARF framework and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Speaking at the event, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh emphasized that ARF is a cooperation mechanism, in which defence cooperation plays an important role in implementing measures to build trust and preventive diplomacy. The Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence will strengthen this important cooperation channel in 2020, give high priority for the security-defence cooperation channel in ARF in order to achieve main objectives. Viet Nam wishes to have more defence cooperation links between ADMM-Plus channel and ARF one and at the same time to improve the real role and effectiveness of defence cooperation in the ARF.
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting economic, political and social aspects all over the world. However, ASEAN member states and their partners responded effectively to the situation. Accordingly, the military medical forces from ASEAN countries conducted successfully the online COVID-19 Table Top Exercise (COVID-19 TTX) on May 27. This was a good opportunity for the participants to share experiences, promote defence cooperation in dealing with non-traditional security challenges.
At the conference, delegates discussed on military medical cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in response to the spread of disease; agreed contents related to the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum Security Policy Conference (ASPC-17). Besides, Viet Nam also proposed a number of initiatives to promote security-defence cooperation within the ARF framework.