The Expert Group on Security in the Asia-Pacific closed its annual workshop in the central city of Da Nang on May 29 after five days of sitting.

Deputy Commander of Military Zone 5 Maj. Gen Nguyen Dinh Tien and Managing Director of Strategic Studies at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies Carleton Cramer co-chaired the closing ceremony.

The workshop focused its discussions on possible ways to cope with non-traditional security threats and topics regarding humanitarian assistance and disaster search-and-rescue, maritime security and counter-terrorism.

It was also where Vietnam shared its stance and demonstrated the Vietnamese People’s Army’s role and responsibility for regional and global issues of shared concern, thereby fostering friendship and understanding among regional armies and raising Vietnam’s position in international scene.

Participants reached agreement on common principles of joint cooperation, including ensuring legitimate interests of each country based on equality, respect for each other’s territorial sovereignty and integrity, international law and regional commitments.

They voiced support for the settlement of disputes through peaceful dialogues, without using force or threatening to use force while refraining from making actions that can intensify tension.

The event, co-hosted by the Vietnamese Defence Ministry’s Foreign Relations Department and the Special Operations Command Pacific, attracted 80 delegates from 10 ASEAN member countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Mongolia.

The 2016 workshop of this kind will take place in Indonesia.-VNA