YANGON, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's Defense Services Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing has called for unity among armies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), official media reported Saturday.
"Enhancing the unity between ASEAN armies could help further cement amity between the ASEAN countries, contribute towards the emergence of the 2015 ASEAN Community," Min Aung Hlaing told the 14th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) held in the second largest city of Mandalay on Friday.
Noting that the army plays a pivotal role in implementing the ASEAN Political Security Community, he said sustainable economic development concepts should be taken into consideration for establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community as security and economy are inter-related," he added.
At the meeting, Myanmar's Deputy Defense Chief and Army Chief Vice Senior-General Soe Win led the discussions on the topic of " Enhancing ASEAN Armies Unity Towards the 2015 ASEAN Community".
The meeting involved army chiefs of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Besides, bilateral meetings between ASEAN army chiefs also took place, the report said, adding that the meeting ended with a joint statement calling for cooperation among the ASEAN armies.