New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers plus Meeting (ADMM) and the India-ASEAN defence ministers meeting on November 22 and 23 at Siem Reap, Cambodia, Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Sunday.
India and Cambodia will be co-chairing the India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting, being hosted by Cambodia, starting on November 22 to commemorate 30 years of India-ASEAN relations. Rajnath Singh and the invited dignities of the ASEAN will be discussing and announcing plans to boost the India- ASEAN partnership, as per the press release.
Tomorrow, 21st November, I shall be in Cambodia for an official visit. I shall attend the ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus meeting and the maiden India-ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting, during the visit. Looking forward to a fruitful visit. https://t.co/TpPxRUadoC
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 20, 2022
As per defence ministry, Rajnath will be addressing the ADMM-Plus meeting on November 23.
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 amongst ASEAN and the Plus countries. India and ASEAN have elevated their relationship to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ in November 2022, according to the statement.
Apart from the ADMM-Plus meeting and India-ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting, Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Defence Ministers of the participating countries. During the talks, he will discuss defence cooperation matters and ways to further strengthen the mutually beneficial engagements.