PUTRAJAYA: Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has announced the official setting up of the Consultative Council on Foreign Policy (CCFP), consisting of experts in the field.
The 15-member panel held its first meeting on Sunday (Oct 21), chaired by Saifuddin where they discussed 11 areas of concern.
The panel consists of five ministry officials and the other 10 include a former ambassador, representatives from NGOs and the private sector as well as international relations experts.
They are currently tasked with advising the ministry in preparing a foreign policy framework of the New Malaysia, said Saifuddin at Wisma Putra on Sunday (Oct 21).
"This is however not a new foreign policy. There are new priorities and emphasis (by the new government) but it is within continuity (of what has been done before)," he explained.
Saifuddin first announced in July that the government is mulling the idea of establishing the panel.
He said that the best ideas were needed from the panel experts as Malaysia’s foreign policy was important in the context of the new government.