Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Malaysia to participate in 33rd ASEAN Summit

Singapore, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will lead the Malaysian delegation to the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on November 13-15.

His spouse, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, Foreign Affairs Minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Economic Affairs, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and International Trade and Industry (MITI) Minister, Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking, will accompany him.

Officials from the Prime Minister's department as well as Wisma Putra and MITI will also be present.

The theme of the Singapore Chairmanship is, Resilient and Innovative ASEAN.

It encapsulates the vision for ASEAN to be united amidst growing uncertainties in the global strategic landscape, Wisma Putra said in a statement to Malaysia News Agency (Bernama).

The Summit will also give the leaders an opportunity to exchange views on the future direction of ASEAN and its conduct of external relations, as well as discuss important regional and international issues, said the statement.

The Prime Minister together with other ASEAN leaders will also participate in the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, the East Asia Summit and ASEAN Plus One Summits with Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

He is also expected to deliver the keynote speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2018 (ABIS) at Marina Bay Sands.

The event will focus on reviewing and identifying issues to facilitate and promote economic cooperation and integration.

Dr. Mahathir is also scheduled to attend the 2nd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit (RCEP).

The leaders are expected to issue a joint statement on the RCEP negotiations and note the report by RCEP Ministers to them.

Dr. Mahathir is expected to hold several bilateral discussions with his counterparts from ASEAN-member states and dialogue partner countries on the sidelines of the Summits.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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