Rajnath Singh meets Mark Esper on the sidelines of ADMM Plus meeting in Bangkok

Rajnath Singh with Mark Esper Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 17, 2019, 09.27 AM (IST) Written By: Bharat Sharma

The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with the United States Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper on the sidelines of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) on Sunday.

Singh, who arrived in Bangkok on Friday with a delegation, was received by Air Chief marshal Chewchan Ruddit, Special Advisor to the office of the Permanent Secretary for Defense, MoD Thailand.

"The defence cooperation between ASEAN and India has its own importance. I want to appreciate Thailand for hosting and chairing this summit. I am sure that we will be having a very fruitful discussion and it will be beneficial for all the ASEAN member countries", Singh said in Bangkok.

Additionally, he expressed the desire to talk about sustainable security. 

"Security can only be successful if it is sustainable," the minister added.

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The delegation also plans to address concerns regarding terrorism, disaster management, and coastal security. According to Singh, cooperation with ASEAN is key to the success of India's Act East policy.

"The summit will also help in building strategic trust between the leaders of the Asia Pacific through proper communication. Also, cooperation between the militaries of the ASEAN member countries will be strengthened," Singh added.

Besides attending bilateral meetings, Singh is expected to inaugurate the India pavilion at the Defence and Security Exhibition in Bangkok, where he will also address the business seminar and interact with industry representatives. 

ADMM Plus' key agenda includes unveiling the Handbook on Military Medicine for ASEAN, which will be released by Singh alongside the Defence Minister of Myanmar.

In addition, Singh will also speak to the Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha during the visit.

(With inputs from ANI)