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JOINT JIT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT MARKING THE 7TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOWNING OF MH17 17 JULY 2021
We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, whose countries comprise the Joint Investigation Team, today mark the seventh anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, resulting in the tragic deaths of 298 passengers and crew members. Our thoughts remain with those who perished on board, their families and loved ones. While nothing can bring back those who lost their lives, or diminish the anguish and grief suffered by the family members, it is imperative that we remain steadfast in our commitment to pursuing truth, justice and accountability. We acknowledge the cooperation of our respective investigative agencies and reiterate our full support for their efforts to establish the truth of what happened. We also have full confidence in the independent, open and impartial criminal proceedings against the alleged perpetrators. We reiterate our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the downing of Flight MH17.
PUTRAJAYA 17 JULY 2021
Deputy Foreign Minister YB Dato' Kamarudin Jaffar delivered Malaysia’s statement at the “Online Mid-Term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)” in the evening of 14 July 2021 via a pre-recorded video.
In his statement, the Deputy Foreign Minister focused on three (3) essential issues, which are, the COVID-19 pandemic, the current situation in Palestine and the threat of nuclear weapons. He urged the Movement to work together to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and to ensure ample supplies of vaccine to all NAM Member States.
The Deputy Foreign Minister also urged the Movement to do all it can to put a stop to Israel’s violations towards the Palestinians and ensure the Occupying Power is held accountable for its crimes. He further called upon NAM Member States to sign and accept the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which entered into force early this year.
The NAM Mid-Term Ministerial Conference is usually convened a year and a half after the last NAM Summit to, among others, review developments and decisions of the preceding Summit and discuss matters of urgency. The Conference this year gathered NAM Member States to strengthen multilateral efforts in addressing global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. With the theme of “NAM at the Center of Multilateral Efforts in Responding to Global Challenges”, the Conference was participated by NAM Member States as well as observer states at the Ministerial, Deputy Ministerial and Ambassadorial level. It was chaired by Mr. Araz Azimov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Conference adopted a Political Declaration that highlights the central role played by NAM in mobilizing global efforts to address the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Declaration reaffirms the Movement’s shared commitment to maintaining and promoting international and regional peace, security and stability, as well as to peaceful resolution of disputes. It also welcomes Russia’s admission as an observer state of the Movement.
PUTRAJAYA 15 JULY 2021
MALAYSIA- UNITED STATES COOPERATION ON COVID-19 RESPONSE
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the arrival on 5 July 2021 of one (1) million doses of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine contribution from the United States of America to Malaysia.
On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I would like to once again express my sincere gratitude to my counterpart, His Excellency Antony Blinken and the Government of the United States for the generous contribution of its COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines will greatly intensify Malaysia’s vaccination process and make meaningful progress to the ongoing rollout of Malaysia’s National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.
The United States, through its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, has also been extending various assistance and contributions to Malaysia since the start of the pandemic last year, including the in-kind contribution of medical supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ICT equipment, worth USD 250,000. Malaysia is highly appreciative of the invaluable support extended thus far by the United States and hope the close and friendly ties will be further strengthened for the mutual benefits of our two countries.
As conveyed earlier in my letter of 4 June 2021 to Secretary Blinken, I would also like to reiterate that Malaysia welcomes President Joe Biden's 3 June announcement of the United States' expression of support for temporary waiver of the Intellectual Property (IP) protection on COVID-19 vaccines. The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Tan Sri Dato' Haji Mahiaddin bin Haji Md Yassin had also announced in his address to the Nikkei International Conference in May 2021 Malaysia's support for the IP protection waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. In the common pursuit for equitable global access to the COVID-19 vaccines, Malaysia stands ready to establish all-round cooperation with the United States in vaccine research, development, and distribution.
YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN
4 JULY 2021
MALAYSIA – NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM COOPERATION ON COVID-19 RESPONSE
Earlier today, at 1400 hours, I had a telephone conversation with my Bruneian counterpart, Honorable Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs II of Negara Brunei Darussalam regarding the contribution by the Government of Brunei Darussalam worth RM1.7 million, consisting of ventilators and PCR COVID-19 test kits to Malaysia. The ventilators and test kits will be placed at government hospitals in the Federal Territory of Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak beginning July 2021.
On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I have expressed my sincere gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, and the Government of Brunei Darussalam for this invaluable contribution which will provide added value assistance to our healthcare system in Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak in managing the pandemic.
Malaysia is highly appreciative of Brunei’s continuous support in curbing the pandemic. With this contribution, I truly believe the existing special relations between the two countries will be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of our people.
Dato Erywan and I have also reiterated our commitment for Malaysia and Brunei to collaborate, continuously engage and assist each other, especially in the current situation amidst the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brunei has been one of the first countries to collaborate with Malaysia in mitigating the adverse impacts of COVID-19. Among others, Malaysia and Brunei has had a series of successful COVID-19 collaborations particularly, in the repatriation of Malaysians and Bruneians in Cambodia, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka as well as facilitating returns of citizens to Malaysia and Brunei.
Brunei's contribution showcases the close and special relations that have been established during the 37 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This also shows the high commitment of both countries as ASEAN Member States in addressing the COVID-19 crisis.
YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN 30 JUNE 2021
YB Menteri Luar Negeri, Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein akan menyertai Persidangan Secara Maya Peringkat Tinggi Asia dan
Pasifik mengenai Kerjasama Inisiatif Jalur dan Laluan (BRI) pada 23 Jun 2021, di atas undangan TYT Wang Yi, Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat
Negara dan Menteri Luar Negeri Republik Rakyat China.
Persidangan pada tahun ini akan memberi tumpuan kepada usaha memacu kerjasama antarabangsa bagi memastikan agihan vaksin yang
lebih adil, terbuka dan tanpa diskriminasi serta mempromosikan ‘pembangunan hijau’ ke arah pencapaian pembangunan yang mapan dan
Semasa persidangan tersebut, YB Menteri Luar Negeri akan menyampaikan ucapan, di mana beliau antara lain, akan menyentuh
mengenai kepentingan dalam mencapai keseimbangan dalam kesihatan awam serta menangani cabaran COVID-19 di bawah kerangka
Inisiatif Jalur dan Laluan (BRI). YB Menteri Luar Negeri akan turut menyentuh mengenai cabaran semasa dalam mengagihkan vaksin
secara adil dan kaedah bagi memantapkan lagi daya tahan negara dalam menghadapi cabaran pandemik di masa hadapan.
Sejajar dengan tema persidangan, YB Menteri Luar Negeri akan turut berkongsi pandangan mengenai ‘pembangunan hijau’ dalam konteks
kerjasama di bawah Inisiatif Jalur dan Laluan (BRI) serta sasaran mencapai Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pandemik yang
berlarutan telah menyukarkan seluruh dunia, namun Malaysia percaya dengan sumbangan idea inovatif dan strategi hijau, negara-negara
di rantau Asia Pasifik akan berupaya untuk bangun dari kesukaran dan bergerak ke arah mencapai pembangunan yang mampan.
Malaysia dan China telah menandatangani 'Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) Bagi Menggalakkan Pembangunan Ekonomi Bersama
melalui Jalur Ekonomi Laluan Sutera (Silk Road Economic Belt) dan Inisiatif Laluan Sutera Maritim Abad Ke-21 (21st Century Maritime Silk
Road Initiative) pada 13 Mei 2017. Pada tahun 2020, jumlah perdagangan Malaysia dengan China telah meningkat sebanyak 4.2% dan
mencapai jumlah RM329.77 bilion. Peningkatan ini telah disumbangkan oleh kenaikan eksport ke China sebanyak 12.5% berjumlah
RM158.6 bilion. China terus kekal menjadi destinasi eksport terbesar buat Malaysia selama 12 tahun berturut-turut sejak dari tahun 2008.
23 Jun 2021