Top officials of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), a non-governmental (track two) process for dialogue on regional security issues, paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday to explore opportunities for enhanced collaboration and cooperation with ASEAN.
Ambassador Leela K. Ponappa and Professor Nguyen Thai Yen Huong, the Co-Chairs of CSCAP, shared their views on the evolving regional security architecture and on maintaining ASEAN centrality in light of this evolution. Ambassador Ponappa emphasised the role of the ASEAN Secretariat as “the backbone of ASEAN centrality” and the need to strengthen and improve the ASEAN Secretariat’s resources in order to fulfill this role. Both Co-Chairs also expressed their interest to enhance their collaboration with ASEAN and its security-related mechanisms such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM).
SG Minh thanked CSCAP for their significant support and contribution to track one processes over the years and encouraged CSCAP to continue this support through, among others, increased engagement with relevant track one agencies on non-traditional security issues such as natural disasters, cyber security, and water resources. The Co-Chairs also presented SG Minh with a collection of select CSCAP publications on the regional security outlook.