Kuala Lumpur, 6 November 2021 (TDI): Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne co-hosted the Australia-Malaysia Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, today.

Malaysian Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah represented his country in the bilateral meeting with Australia. The two Foreign Ministers envisioned a resilient and prosperous region.

It is the first meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the two Pacific countries; since the relationship among them was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Australia-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Presser

After the meeting, the Ministers of Australia and Malaysia held a press conference outside.

In the media talk, Malaysian Minister called the meeting very ‘significant’ following the elevation of bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

He said both Australia and Malaysia are maritime partners but the partnership is not limited to trade. It also includes security dynamics.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was pleased to attend the annual meeting with her Malaysian counterpart. She noted that the close and enduring relationship between Australia and Malaysia is based on people-to-people links and shared history.

She told the media that they had discussed ‘cooperation between the two nations. The two counterparts also affirmed their commitment to three pillars under the comprehensive strategic partnership. The pillars include economic prosperity, society and technology, and defense and regional security.

They also discussed matters related to the Pandemic and recovery from it. Australia acknowledged in the meeting that the ‘ASEAN is Central’ in Indo Pacific region. They also support ASEAN’s outlook on Indo Pacific. Earlier, Australia launched a comprehensive strategic partnership with ASEAN, last week.