JAKARTA, INDONESIA, September 8 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the venue of the 43rd ASEAN Summit to participate in discussions with regional leaders and dialogue partners, with a focus on building and strengthening cooperation across various sectors. The summit, led by Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Jakarta Convention Center today, began with Anwar’s participation in the 20th ASEAN-India Summit attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Anwar was accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, and the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Amran Mohamed Zin. The Prime Minister will also actively participate in three other summit meetings, namely the 18th East Asia Summit, the third ASEAN-Australia Summit, and the 13th ASEAN-United Nations (UN) Summit.
During these meetings, Anwar’s schedule includes three bilateral meetings, where he will engage in discussions with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Bangladesh President Mohammed Shahabuddin, and Timor-Leste Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao. He will then attend the closing ceremony of the summit and witness the official handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Laos before returning to the homeland after being in Jakarta since Tuesday. This summit marks Anwar’s first participation with seven dialogue partners, namely Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, the United States, and Canada.