Issues like regional and international conditions in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, post pandemic action, and the future of regional defense cooperation was discussed at the meeting
The ASEAN Defense Senior Officials' Meeting (ADSOM) has been held to discuss regional defense cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 and post pandemic directions.
Chaired by Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam's deputy minister of defense and Vietnam's ADSOM chief, delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries joined in a video conference on Friday, UNB reports.
Participants exchanged views on regional defense cooperation in dealing with Covid-19, including sharing experiences of ASEAN defense forces in the prevention of the disease as well as future cooperation directions for disease response, the Vietnamese ministry said in a press release.
Other topics including regional and international conditions in the context of Covid-19 and post pandemic conditions, and the future of regional defense cooperation were also on the meeting agenda.
Speaking at the conference, Vinh said Covid-19 is a big global hurdle, severely affecting ASEAN countries as well as ASEAN 2020 programs. He noted that despite the epidemic, defense cooperation among ASEAN countries has been and will be more substantial.
Vinh highlighted that the Vietnamese defense ministry has proactively cooperated with various countries, including Cambodia, China, Cuba, Laos, and Russia, to promote experience sharing and support each other in tackling the epidemic, according to the release.
Earlier in February, ASEAN defense ministers met at their retreat in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and issued a joint statement on defense cooperation against disease outbreaks.