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ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ RETREAT
AND THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH TO THAILAND
16 - 19 JANUARY 2019
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah will be leading the Malaysian delegation to Thailand to attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 16 to 18 January 2019, to be followed by an Official Visit to Bangkok, Thailand on 19 January 2019. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thailand helms the Chairmanship of ASEAN this year with the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. The AMM Retreat in Chiang Mai is the first scheduled meeting for ASEAN Member States, chaired by the Thai Foreign Minister, with the participation of ASEAN Foreign Ministers, the ASEAN Secretary-General as well as Senior Officials from all ASEAN Member States. The Retreat will be preceded by the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM).
Issues that will be discussed among the Foreign Ministers include initiatives to move the ASEAN Community agenda forward and updates on the implementation of decisions made during the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore last year. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern as well as means to enhance ASEAN relations with its dialogue partners.
In Bangkok, Foreign Minister will be meeting his counterpart Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. A Working Lunch between both Foreign Ministers has been arranged where both Ministers are expected to discuss bilateral issues, particularly on the infrastructure projects at the Malaysia-Thai border, Southern Thailand peace process dialogue as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern, focussing in particular on initiatives by both countries on sustainability agenda. Foreign Minister will also be hosting a High Tea for Malaysians in Bangkok.
Malaysia and Thailand have strong bilateral cooperation in various sectors including trade and investment, security and defence as well as tourism. Thailand is Malaysia’s fifth largest trading partner overall and total bilateral trade between the two countries in 2017 was RM98.69 billion, with border trade alone accounts for more than 60% of its total trade.
16 January 2019