Najib To Lead Malaysian Delegation For 17th Asean Summit

HANOI, Oct 27 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was expected to arrive here, early tomorrow morning to lead the Malaysian delegation for a three-day 17th Asean Summit and Related Summits, beginning Thursday.

Najib, who had a hectic programme with visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Malaysia, is expected to touch down at the Noi Bai International Airport, here at 1am (Malaysian time: 2am).

He will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Richard Riot as well as senior officials.

After few hours rest, the prime minister will have a busy programme tomorrow, beginning with the opening of the 17th Asean Summit at the National Convention Centre as well as the Summit in Retreat format and Informal Working Dinner.

On Friday, Najib will join his counterparts for the Related Summits. The Related Summits include Asean+1 Summits with China, Japan, South Korea and India; Asean+3; and the East Asian Summit (EAS) involving Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea as well as four additional Summits which are with Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations.

He will also attend the fifth Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Summit, to be held on the sideline of the 17th Asean Summit.

Najib also schedule to witness the signing of Memorandum of Under­standing (MoU) between Sapura Crest and Vietnam Petroleum on the sideline of the Summits.

No bilateral meetings are planned for the Prime Minister on the sideline and it will be just about Asean and its related Summits.

During the 17th Asean Summit, Najib and his counterparts will exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern to Asean such as Asean connectivity, recovery and sustained development, food and energy security, climate change, disaster relief, infectious diseases and the evolving regional architecture.

Among the highlights of the 17th Asean Summit is the recommendation by the Asean Foreign Ministers to the Asean leaders to formally invite the United States and Russia to join the EAS in 2011.

The Asean leaders are expected to adopt three documents namely the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity, the Asean Leaders’ Statement on Human Resources and Skills Development for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth and the Hanoi Declaration on the Enhancement of Welfare Development of Asean Women and Children.

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