Australia and Indonesia chair regional peacekeeping meeting

Australia and Indonesia chair regional peacekeeping meeting
Soldiers from the 2nd Commando Regiment (left) and Lieutenant Colonel I (right) converse with visiting Russian military personnel at last year's meeting

The 10th meeting of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, chaired by Australia and Indonesia, took place last week, giving participating countries the chance to discuss regional security.

During the event, defence officials from across the Indo-Pacific region exchanged views on regional training approaches, evolving United Nations (UN) operational frameworks and associated logistics challenges.

"The Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations encourages practical defence co-operation in an area of shared interest," Australia’s co-chair, Brigadier Robert Marsh said.

"Most countries in Australia’s neighbourhood contribute to UN peacekeeping missions."

Australia and Indonesia recently commenced a three-year term as co-chairs of the Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations. Australia will host the next meeting later this year.

"Co-chairing this Experts’ Working Group to 2020 is a valuable opportunity for Australia and Indonesia to enhance peacekeeping co-operation in our region," BRIG Marsh said.

"Both countries have significant peacekeeping expertise, and Indonesia is a leading contributor to UN missions globally."

The 2016 Defence White Paper highlighted the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus as Australia’s priority for defence engagement with regional security frameworks.

The event brings together all 10 ASEAN states, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, India, China, the Republic of Korea and Russia.

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