This week 70 participants from 17 nations attended the 12th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus Experts’ Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in Honolulu.

Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command provided opening remarks at this second meeting co-hosted by Malaysia and the United States at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The meeting included one and a half days of formal sessions and a day of information meetings. Attending the meeting were representatives from nine ASEAN countries and eight “plus’ countries including the United States, Australia, Japan, India, Russia, China, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

The meetings focused on improving civil-military coordination mechanisms during HADR Operations. 

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