Najib to attend Australia-Asean Special Summit 2018 in Sydney

19-Mar-2018 Intellasia | NST | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Canberra sees Kuala Lumpur as its biggest strategic partner in battling global terrorism and violent extremism.

Cosmopolitan Sydney will bear witness, at this first-ever Australia-Asean Special Summit 2018, the charting of an unprecedented formal arrangement for both Australia and the regional grouping to effectively tackle terror threats.

Australia, which has been Asean’s dialogue partner since 1974, will over the weekend sit with leaders of the grouping, as these two “old friends” look into the best and most effective ways to rejuvenate and enhance their existing cooperation, as well as strategic partnerships.

Kuala Lumpur’s commitment and success stories in tackling terrorism have not gone unnoticed.

It is precisely because of this confidence that Canberra has in Malaysia that the host wants prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to share his insights into the subject that remains a chief concern of nations across the globe.

Najib and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a keynote address at the closing of the Australia Counter-Terrorism Conference.

Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Ramlan Ibrahim addresses the Malaysian media in Sydney, Australia. Bernama pic.

“The prime minister is the only Asean leader who will be given this honour.

“This is an acknowledgement of his leadership and resolve in tackling the scourge,” said Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, who met the Malaysian press here today.

Najib, who is scheduled to arrive later today, will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, and officials from the prime minister’s Office as well as the Foreign and Home ministries.

Najib is scheduled to attend the centrepiece of the summit on Sunday – the Asean-Australia Leader’s Summit, as well as a retreat.

He is also expected to attend the Asean-Australia Business Summit, as well as the scheduled CEO Forum.

Tomorrow, Najib and Turnbull will engage in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit. The two leaders are expected to discuss both their countries’ cooperation in defence, education, trade and investments.

The host will also organise a tea session for the New Colombo Plan, where Asean leaders will meet Australian students who had pursued their studies in the region under this plan, as well as discuss ways of furthering this initiative.

The closing of the Asean-Australia Counter-Terrorism Conference will follow.

This special summit, which marks the coming of age of Canberra’s relationship with Southeast Asian nations, will see the birth of the Sydney Declaration that promises to not only strengthen the Australian-Asean strategic and economic partnerships, but also create a more secure and prosperous environment for the region.

Meanwhile, Rosmah is scheduled for a meet-and-greet session with Malaysian mothers and children at Centennial Park tomorrow.

In the run-up to this summit, Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah on March 12, graced the Asean-Australia Dialogue where he delivered a keynote address.

Australia’s trade with Asean countries (2016-2017) amounted to over AUD100 billion, more than that with the United States and Japan.

Malaysia was last year Australia’s 9th largest trading partner. Among Asean countries, Malaysia was Australia’s second biggest trading nation, after Thailand.

Australia was the country’s 12th largest trading partner last year.


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