Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. - NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

BANGKOK: Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is leading the Malaysian delegation to the 52nd Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting/Post Ministerial Conferences and Related Meetings (52nd AMM/PMC) from July 28 to Aug 3 here.

Saifuddin is accompanied by his wife, Datin Norlin Shamsul Bahri, senior officials from Foreign Ministry, and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to Asean in Jakarta.

Thailand, the current chair of Asean is hosting the 52nd AMM/PMC and Related Meetings at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, here.

In a statement, Wisma Putra said the 52nd AMM would be preceded by several preparatory meetings at the Senior Officials’ level.

The Asean foreign ministers would discuss issues related to Asean Community, implementation of the Asean Political-Security Blueprint 2025, Asean’s future direction, as well as preparations for the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits, scheduled to be held in November.

“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,” it said.

In addition, Saifuddin and other Asean foreign ministers will also be attending the Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) with Asean Dialogue Partners namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (EU), India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

Malaysia is the country coordinator for the Asean-Australia Dialogue Relations for the term 2018-2021.

Saifuddin and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women of Australia Senator Marise Payne will co-chair the Asean-Australia Ministerial Meeting on Aug 1.

The Asean foreign ministers will also participate in the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ) Commission meeting, the 20th Asean Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting, and the 26th Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

The Asean foreign ministers are also scheduled to have an interface with the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives.

Wisma Putra said Saifuddin 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 52nd AMM/PMC, the foreign ministers will adopt a number of outcome documents, including 52nd AMM Joint Communique which will highlight the discussions as well as key 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 Peru.

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.

Thailand said Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha will officiate the 52nd AMM/PMC tomorrow.

Prior to the opening ceremony, the Asean Foreign Ministers will pay a courtesy call on Prayuth.

Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will chair the AMM and co-chair the PMCs with Dialogue Partners and other meetings. - Bernama