Ani­fah to lead Malaysian del­e­ga­tion

New Straits Times - - Nation -

PUTRAJAYA: For­eign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman is lead­ing Malaysia’s del­e­ga­tion to the 50th Asean For­eign Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing (50th AMM) and Re­lated Meet­ings in Manila, the Philip­pines.

Among the is­sues ex­pected to be in the meet­ing in­clude the Asean Com­mu­nity, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Asean Po­lit­i­cal-Se­cu­rity Blue­print 2025, as well as prepa­ra­tions for the 31st Asean Sum­mit and Re­lated Sum­mits, which will be held in Novem­ber.

“The for­eign min­is­ters are sched­uled to dis­cuss and ex­change views on mat­ters re­lat­ing to re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est, such as de­vel­op­ments in the South China Sea; sit­u­a­tion in the Korean penin­sula; ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism; mar­itime se­cu­rity; and; other non-tra­di­tional se­cu­rity is­sues,” the min­istry said.

Ani­fah is also sched­uled to at­tend the Post-Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ences (PMC), the 18th Asean Plus Three For­eign Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing, the 7th East Asia Sum­mit For­eign Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing and the 24th Asean Re­gional Fo­rum.

The Asean for­eign min­is­ters will also at­tend the PMC with 10 Asean Di­a­logue Part­ners, namely Aus­tralia, Canada, China, the Eu­ro­pean Union, In­dia, Ja­pan, South Korea, New Zealand, Rus­sia and the United States.

Malaysia is the coun­try co­or­di­na­tor for the Asean-US Di­a­logue Re­la­tions for the 2015 to 2018 pe­riod.

Ani­fah and US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son will co-chair the Asean PMC+1 with the US.

The for­eign min­is­ter will hold a num­ber of bi­lat­eral meet­ings with his coun­ter­parts from the 10-mem­ber re­gional bloc, as well as di­a­logue part­ners, to dis­cuss and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion on strate­gic is­sues of com­mon con­cern.

The 50th AMM and Re­lated Meet­ings will end on Aug 8.

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