PM to lead del­e­ga­tion to Jakarta

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Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak will lead Malaysia’s del­e­ga­tion to the In­dian Ocean Rim As­so­ci­a­tion (Iora) Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in Jakarta to­mor­row, where he will hold meet­ings on bi­lat­eral and re­gional is­sues with lead­ers on its mar­gins.

Themed “Strength­en­ing Mar­itime Co­op­er­a­tion for a Peace­ful, Sta­ble and Pros­per­ous In­dian Ocean”, the sum­mit marks Iora’s 20th an­niver­sary.

Na­jib will be ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, Foreign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman and of­fi­cials from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice and Foreign Min­istry.

Na­jib is also sched­uled to de­liver Malaysia’s coun­try state­ment at the gen­eral de­bate.

The Foreign Min­istry said yes­ter­day world lead­ers were ex­pected to dis­cuss and re­view the progress and achieve­ments of two decades of part­ner­ship, as well as chart the course for re­gional co­op­er­a­tion for the next decade.

“The Iora Con­cord reaf­firms the com­mit­ment of mem­ber states of Iora’s ob­jec­tives, which in­cludes pro­mot­ing mar­itime safety and se­cu­rity in the re­gion; en­hanc­ing trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tion; pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble fish­eries man­age­ment; and, de­vel­op­ing and fos­ter­ing tourism and cul­tural ex­changes.

“The con­cord also seeks to en­hance ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ships among mem­ber states, as well as use more ef­fec­tively, the ad­van­tages of the In­dian Ocean re­gion.

“The par­tic­i­pa­tion of the prime min­is­ter at the sum­mit re­flects Malaysia’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment and sup­port to Iora, as well as our com­mit­ment to en­hance re­gional co­op­er­a­tion with fel­low Iora mem­ber states and di­a­logue part­ners to­wards build­ing a peace­ful, sta­ble and pros­per­ous In­dian Ocean re­gion.”

Iora com­prises 21 mem­ber states from the In­dian Ocean re­gion, and seven di­a­logue part­ner states — China, Egypt, France, Ger­many, Ja­pan, the United King­dom and the United States.

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