Hisham to lead Malaysian delegation to Asean Foreign Ministers' meeting

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Senior Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is scheduled to lead the Malaysian delegation to the 54th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings from Monday (Aug 2) until Aug 7.

Wisma Putra said that all the meetings via video conference will be hosted by Brunei Darussalam, in its role as Asean Chair for 2021.

"Asean Foreign Ministers will discuss the progress of Asean Community Building; ASEAN 2021 Priorities and Key Deliverables including the collective and Covid-19 socio-economic recovery strategy.

"The implementation of the Asean Political Security Blueprint 2025, regional and international issues as well as preparations for the 38th and the 39th Asean Summits and Related Summits, scheduled to be held back-to-back in October 2021 will also be discussed,” Wisma Putra said in a statement Sunday (Aug 1).

Among the related meetings, the Foreign Minister is expected to participate in the 22nd Asean Plus Three (+3) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting; Meeting of the South-East Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Commission; 23rd Asean Political-Security Community (APSC) Council Meeting; and the 29th Asean Coordinating Council (ACC).

The others are Asean-ROK (Republic of Korea) Ministerial Meeting; Asean-China Ministerial Meeting; Asean-Japan Ministerial Meeting; Asean-US Ministerial Meeting and Asean-Australia Ministerial Meeting.

The statement said Malaysia, as country coordinator for the Asean-Australia Dialogue Relations for 2018-2021 will co-chair the Asean-Australia Ministerial Meeting, with Hishammuddin and his Australian counterpart Senator Marise Payne leading the discussion on issues of mutual concern.

"At the end of the meeting, Malaysia will be handing over the country coordinatorship for the Asean-Australia dialogue to Laos.

"Malaysia will also be taking over the country coordinatorship for Asean-Canada dialogues from Myanmar following the Asean-Canada Ministerial Meeting,” the statement added.

The statement said at the conclusion of the 54th AMM and Related Meetings, Foreign Ministers would adopt several outcome documents, including the 54th AMM Joint Communiqué, which will highlight the outcomes of discussion as well as strategic and important decisions made during the meetings. - Bernama

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