The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Anifah Aman, will lead Malaysia's delegation to the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (50th AMM) and Related Meetings from 2 to 8 August 2017 in Metro Manila, Philippines. Besides the 50th AMM, Dato' Sri Anifah Aman is also scheduled to attend the Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC), the 18th ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting (18th APT FMM), the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting (7th EAS FMM) and the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (24th ARF).
Dato' Sri Anifah Aman will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 50th AMM will be preceded by several preparatory meetings at the Senior Officials level.
During the 50th AMM, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will discuss issues related to the ASEAN Community, implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Blueprint 2025, as well as preparations for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits to be held in November 2017. The Foreign Ministers are scheduled to 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 Korean Peninsula, terrorism and violent extremism, maritime security as well as other non-traditional security issues.
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers are also slated to attend the Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) with ten ASEAN Dialogue Partners namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. Malaysia is currently the country coordinator for the ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations for the period of 2015-2018. Dato' Sri Anifah Aman and US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will co-chair the ASEAN PMC+1 with the United State of America.
Apart from the 50th AMM and ASEAN+ 1 PMCs, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will also participate in the 18th APT FMM, the 7th EAS FMM and the 24th ARF. At the side lines of these meetings, Dato' Sri Anifah Aman will hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from ASEAN as well as Dialogue Partners to discuss and strengthen cooperation on strategic issues of common concern.
At the conclusion of the 50th AMM and Related Meetings, the Foreign Ministers are expected to adopt a number of outcome documents, including the 50th AMM's Joint Communique which will highlight discussions as well as strategic and important decisions made during the meetings.
As a finale to the 50th AMM and Related Meetings this year, the Philippines will host the Grand Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN on 8 August 2017 in Manila, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. The Grand Celebration will serve as the Closing Ceremony of the 50th AMM and Related Meetings. One of the events during the celebration is the Tribute to the Founding Fathers of ASEAN ceremony. This particular event aims to promote ASEAN community-building and raise the profile of ASEAN by honouring the five Founding Fathers (Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore dan Thailand) for establishing ASEAN.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia