COMMANDER-in-Chief of Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday after attending the 13th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces’ Informal Meeting in Vientiane, Laos.
In his address at the 13th ACDFIM on Monday, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called for further cooperation among armed forces of ASEAN countries to ensure stronger ASEAN community.
The Senior General also stressed the need of building closer relationships between the ASEAN members in order to address unconventional threats to regional security.
At the meeting, the Commander-in-Chief highlighted the “Bengali” (Rohingya) issue as an unconventional threat to the country’s security with a discussion calling on organisations concerned to verify whether the issue has impacts on regional stability and stressing the need to scale up cooperation, coordination and collaboration in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
After the meeting, the Senior General signed a joint declaration on the 13th ACDFIM together with heads of armed forces of ASEAN countries.
During his stay in Vientiane, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing held separate talks on bilateral relations and security and defense cooperation with General Gatot Nurmantyo, Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Zulkifeli bin Mohd. Zin, Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces, and Maj-Gen Lim Cheng Yeow Perry, Chief of Defense Forces of Singapore.