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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILL ISSUE A DIPLOMATIC PROTEST AND SUMMON THE AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to the statement issued by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) regarding the intrusion of 16 aircraft belonging to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of the People’s Republic of China into Malaysian airspace over the Malaysian Maritime Zone (MMZ).
Based on the report received from RMAF, the Ministry will issue a diplomatic note of protest against the intrusion to the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
The Ministry will also summon the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia to provide explanation regarding this breach of the Malaysian airspace and sovereignty by the 16 PLAAF aircraft.
In addition, I will also relay Malaysia’s serious concern on the matter to my counterpart in China.
Malaysia’s stand is clear - having friendly diplomatic relations with any countries does not mean that we will compromise our national security. Malaysia remains steadfast in defending our dignity and our sovereignty.
YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN PUTRAJAYA 1 JUNE 2021
UPDATES: SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING AND WORKING VISITS TO EGYPT, KUWAIT, AND QATAR
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to our Press Release of 5 June 2021 concerning the attendance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, at the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, the People’s Republic of China on 7 June 2021, as well as working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar.
It is with deep regret that the Ministry is providing this update that the Foreign Minister is no longer in a position to proceed with the visits to Chongqing, Cairo, Kuwait City and Doha as scheduled. This is due to the fact that, based on the prevailing health regulations and standard operating procedures (SOP), the Foreign Minister has been deemed a close contact by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to a person who has been found positive after a COVID-19 PCR test.
Although the Foreign Minister has undergone two (2) PCR tests which have been found negative – under guidelines prescribed by MOH, the Foreign Minister is required to undergo compulsory quarantine and self-isolation.
Given this unavoidable circumstance, the Foreign Minister will be represented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar, as Head of the Malaysia’s delegation to the scheduled Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Chongqing. Consequently also, the Foreign Minister has postponed his working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar to a new set of dates to be determined in consultations with the governments of these countries. The Ministry is working closely with our counterparts in Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar for this purpose.
6 June 2021
A. SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, the People’s Republic of China on 7 June 2021.
The meeting is at the invitation of His Excellency Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations. All ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as well as the Secretary-General of ASEAN are expected to attend the Meeting.
During the Special Meeting, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and China will exchange views and explore collaborative ways and means in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to regional and international matters of common concern.
YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sideline of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The two Ministers are expected to explore new initiatives for a more substantive and dynamic partnership between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. The focus areas include COVID-19 vaccines cooperation, infrastructure development, finance, digital economy, food production and high-tech agriculture.
Both Ministers will also be exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, in addition to addressing the situation in the South China Sea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has on 3 June 2021 summoned the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, and handed over Malaysia’s protest note in response to the recent incident in Malaysia’s airspace off the coast of Sarawak. The two Ministers will discuss the best way forward in ensuring such incident will not recur in the interest of maintaining peace and stability, and avoiding any miscalculation or unintended consequences.
B. ANTALYA DIPLOMACY FORUM
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the inaugural Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey which will be officiated by the President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Antalya Diplomacy Forum will explore the horizons of diplomacy across a range of key regional, global and thematic issues under the theme of “Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches”. The Forum will be attended by leaders from more than 37 countries, including policy-makers, diplomats and academics from all over the world.
C. WORKING VISITS OF YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA TO EGYPT, KUWAIT AND QATAR
In between the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, the Foreign Minister will undertake working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. These visits underscore the great importance Malaysia attaches to our relations and partnerships with like-minded countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
D. SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE VISITS
These working visits will provide an opportunity for Malaysia to reinvigorate and further strengthen our relations with Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey. The Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts and is scheduled to pay courtesy calls on the respective Heads of State and/or Governments in these countries.
These countries are Malaysia’s long-standing partners, with substantial multi-faceted cooperation and strong people to people ties. Special focus will be given to exploring new collaborative initiatives that will solidify the on-going efforts by Malaysia and our partners to address the current pandemic and its impacts and facilitate post-pandemic recovery.
Malaysia will also highlight our unwavering support for the people of Palestine and consistent position with regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict. As like-minded countries, and members of international organisations like the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Malaysia stands ready to work closely with all our partners in finding a viable and constructive platform to discuss joint efforts in supporting the Palestinian cause, especially in providing immediate and unimpeded humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, and the reconstruction of Gaza.
As Malaysia’s priority remains on the efforts to bring to an immediate end to the prolonged suffering of the Palestinian people and the illegal Israeli occupation of their lands – these visits are significant for Malaysia, together with all our partners to work towards finding a long-lasting and peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
D. COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP)
The working visits will be subjected to strict Covid-19 preventative standard operating procedure (SOP) as agreed upon by the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Security Council (NSC) as well as the relevant health authorities in China, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.
5 JUNE 2021
MALAYSIA COMMENDS THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA FOR ITS INITIATIVE TO END THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN
Malaysia commends the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its latest initiative to end the conflict and restart the political process in Yemen . The initiative is a very significant step forward for Yemen.
Malaysia calls upon the concerned parties to seize this golden opportunity to implement the said initiative in good faith and without preconditions including through a nationwide ceasefire, reopening of Sana'a airport, regular flow of fuel and other commodities into Yemen through Hudaydah port, as well as a comprehensive political consultation between Yemeni conflicting parties.
Malaysia believes that the only lasting solution to the conflict in Yemen is by ensuring an inclusive and negotiated political settlement. We stand ready to work closely with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the international community towards this goal for lasting peace, security and stability in Yemen.
24 MARCH 2021
YANG BERHORMAT DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
HIS EXCELLENCY DR. VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
MEETING BETWEEN FOREIGN MINISTERS OF MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore His Excellency Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan had a meeting in Putrajaya on Tuesday, 23 March 2021.
The two Ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation and looked forward to strengthening cooperation to stimulate recovery from the effects of the global pandemic.
The two Ministers discussed the convening of the 10th Leaders’ Retreat, which will be hosted by Singapore in 2021, and agreed to work towards restarting face-to-face bilateral engagements.
The two Ministers had a constructive discussion on their respective national vaccination rollout plans which are underway in Malaysia and Singapore, and how this could facilitate cross-border travel between both countries in the near future.
The two Ministers are pleased to announce that Malaysia and Singapore have reaffirmed their commitment to:
1. Work towards recognising each other’s vaccine certificates, with a view towards facilitating cross-border travel in the future;
2. Continue to make progress on their respective national vaccination programmes to vaccinate long-term residents, including Malaysians residing in Singapore and Singaporeans residing in Malaysia; and
3. Progressively restore cross-border travel for other groups of travellers in addition to the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA), taking into account the COVID-19 situation in both countries, and ensuring the public health and safety of the residents of both countries.
The operational details of the Reciprocal Recognition of Vaccine Certificate between Malaysia and Singapore, including the detailed requirements, health protocols, and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore will be further deliberated and finalised by both parties.
Both Ministers reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding relations between Malaysia and Singapore. They also highlighted the importance of strengthening mutually-beneficial cooperation in overcoming common challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the resumption of people-to-people movements, while safeguarding the public health and safety of residents in both countries.
23 MARCH 2021