The Defence Ministers of the ASEAN on Tuesday formally launched a hotline designed to provide quick response cooperation in emergencies, amid growing tension in the region.
Formerly known as the ASEAN Direct Communications Link (ADI), the ADI allows the Defence Ministers to communicate instantly through secure hotline, Xinhua news agency reported.
A statement issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers said ADI "will further foster cooperation and diffuse possible misunderstandings among ASEAN member states".
"One of the main characteristics of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-PLus that we are proud of is that these meetings go beyond the ministerial platforms for dialogue, and actually serve as mechanisms for practical cooperation," said Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Lorenzana chaired the two-day ADMM and the ADMM-Plus that ended on Tuesday.
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. ADMM-Plus includes ASEAN's eight security partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the US.
(Indo-Asian News service)