SINGAPORE, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will lead the Malaysian delegation to the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from Nov 13-15, here.

He is accompanied by his spouse, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Economic Affairs, Mohamed Azmin Ali and International Trade and Industry (MITI) Minister, Ignatius Darell Leiking. Officials from the Prime Minister’s department, as well as, Wisma Putra (Foreign Ministry) and MITI will also be present.

The theme of the Singapore Chairmanship is, Resilient and Innovative ASEAN. It encapsulates the vision for ASEAN to be united, amidst growing uncertainties in the global strategic landscape, Wisma Putra said.

Dr Mahathir arrived at 8.40 am (local time) today, in Singapore, for an official visit ahead of the Summit. The Summit will also give the leaders an opportunity to exchange views on the future direction of ASEAN, and its conduct of external relations, as well as discuss important regional and international issues, said the statement.

The Prime Minister, together with other ASEAN leaders, will also participate in the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, the East Asia Summit and ASEAN Plus One Summits with Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

He is also expected to deliver the keynote address, at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2018 (ABIS), at Marina Bay Sands. The event will focus on reviewing and identifying issues to facilitate and promote economic cooperation and integration.

Dr Mahathir is expected to hold several bilateral discussions with his counterparts from ASEAN and dialogue partner countries, on the sidelines of the Summits.

Source: NAM News Network

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