PM to lead delegation to Jakarta
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.