We, the Defence Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), note with grave concern the rise of terrorism in our region, perpetrated by individuals and groups with increasingly sophisticated and deadly tactics and weapons.

We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks carried out by terrorists in Southeast Asia and around the world, and express our deepest condolences to the families of the many innocent victims of these attacks.

In this regard, we are heartened by the strong collaboration among ASEAN and our external partners. This includes the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts’ Working Group on Counter-Terrorism. We also welcome other sub-regional collaborative efforts such as the Malacca Straits Patrol, the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangements and the Our Eyes Initiative, and efforts under other sectoral bodies such as the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime. These exemplify the ASEAN spirit of regional cooperation and friendship.

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