Asean remains at the heart of Malaysia’s foreign policy

PUTRAJAYA: The foundation of Malaysia’s foreign policy will continue to be built on a framework of bilateralism, regionalism and multilateralism and Asean remains at the heart of this policy, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said today.

“We believe that close cooperation and understanding among the 10 members of Asean would contribute towards a greater prosperity and stability in the region,” he said during the visit of 88 foreign visitors to Wisma Putra here, today.

The visitors from 25 countries were participants at the international forum on the politics, economic and social transformation in the era of global crisis, held on Nov 28, in conjunction with the Umno general assembly.

Anifah said Asean is also working towards a closer regional integration through community building by 2015.

“The approach is holistic as reflected by the three pillars of the community, which are firstly, the political and security pillar; secondly, the economic pillar, and lastly, the social and cultural pillar,” he said.

Malaysia will continue to advocate its views on matters of concern at bilateral and multilateral platforms.

“We take the view that all nations, no matter how large or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, have a common responsibility to create a better world for tomorrow,” he said.

Citing the Palestinian as an example, Anifah said this has been a key issue that Malaysia continues to strongly advocate based on those principles as the country supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people for an independent state.

“Malaysia will also continue to provide unwavering and continuing support for the United Nations and the multilateral principles based on international law, in addition to continuing to promote and strengthen bilateral relations with other countries,” he said.

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