Maritime security labelled high priority

Vietnam hosting 5th ASEAN Maritime Forum.

Maritime security labelled a priority by ASEAN states

Representatives of ASEAN countries met yesterday to review maritime co-operation and security among regional members at the opening of the 5th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-5).

Discussions on maritime co-operation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as the management and protection of maritime ecosystem and biodiversity and aquatic resources were major focuses in the forum as alarming tensions on the sea happened recently.

“Maritime co-operation has increasingly become a priority area among ASEAN member states and between ASEAN and its partners, given the increasingly complicated and unpredictable situation and incidents in regional seas,” director general, deputy head of SOM ASEAN Viet Nam, Nguyen Vu Tu said at the forum.

“The ASEAN Maritime Forum has, since its inception, been consolidating its role as an important forum for enhanced dialogue and confidence building on maritime co-operation and security,” Tu said.

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