YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia will lead the Malaysian delegation to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 26 and 27 February 2016. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN. The AMM Retreat will be preceded by several important meetings namely, Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) on 25 February 2016 and followed by the ASEAN Senior Officals’ Meeting (SOM) on 26 February 2016. Lao PDR is the Chairman of ASEAN for 2016.
The AMM Retreat will involve the participation of the Foreign Ministers, Senior Officials of ASEAN Member States, the Secretary-General of ASE AN and senior officials from the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. This is the first ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting following the establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015 and under the Chairmanship of Lao PDR.
The AMM Retreat will provide the opportunity for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers to discuss the way forward for ASEAN Community Building and to follow-up the implementation of decisions made by ASEAN in previous meetings. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern as well as means to enhance ASEAN relations with its dialogue partners.
YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will also undertake an Official Visit to Vientiane, Lao PDR on 28 February 2016. During the visit, he is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, His Excellency Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR.
Both leaders are expected to take stock of the progress of the existing bilateral relations and discuss ways of strengthening them for the two countries mutual benefits. In addition, both Ministers are expected to exchange views on regional and international issues that are of common interest to Malaysia and Lao PDR. YB Minister will also pay a courtesy call on His Excellency Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR.
Source: Ministry of Foreign=