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51st ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING / POST MINISTERIAL CONFERENCES (51st AMM / PMC) AND RELATED MEETINGS
30 JULY – 4 AUGUST 2018
YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, will lead Malaysia’s delegation to the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting / Post Ministerial Conferences and Related Meetings (51st AMM/PMC) from 30 July to 4 August 2018 in Singapore. This will be his first participation at ASEAN meeting since assuming the portfolio of Foreign Minister. YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah will be accompanied by his wife, senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 51st AMM will be preceded by several preparatory meetings at the Senior Officials’ level.
During the 51st AMM/PMC, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will discuss issues related to ASEAN’s Community, implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Blueprint 2025, ASEAN’s future direction as well as preparations for the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, scheduled to be held in November 2018. The Foreign Ministers will also 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 Rakhine State, situation in the Korean Peninsula, counter terrorism and violent extremism, maritime security as well as other non-traditional security issues.
In addition, YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah together with the other ASEAN Foreign Ministers will also be attending the Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) with ASEAN Dialogue Partners namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
Malaysia is currently the country coordinator for the ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations for the term 2015-2018. YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah and H.E. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State will be co-chairing the ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting on 3 August 2018. Following the 51st AMM/PMC, Malaysia will be the country coordinator of the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations for a three-year term of 2018-2021.
Apart from the 51st AMM and ASEAN+ 1 PMCs, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will also participate in the Meeting of the SEANWFZ Commission, the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (19th APT FMM), the 8th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (8th EAS FMM) and the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (25th ARF).
YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from ASEAN and Dialogue Partners at the sidelines of the AMM/PMC to discuss and strengthen cooperation on strategic issues of common concern.
At the conclusion of the 51st AMM/PMC, the Foreign Ministers are expected to adopt a number of outcome documents, including the 51st AMM’s Joint Communiqué which will highlight the discussions as well as strategic and important decisions made during the meetings.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers are scheduled to witness the signing ceremony of the Instrument of Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia by Argentina and Iran. The TAC serves as a key code of conduct for inter-state relations in Southeast Asia, with the main aim of promoting peace and security in the region.
31 July 2018