BANGKOK, June 23 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad concluded his four-day working visit to Thailand in conjunction with the 34th ASEAN Summit today, describing it as a fruitful meeting marathon.
“This has been a marathon (of meetings). One meeting after another. I might be breathless but we did achieve quite a lot of things at this edition of ASEAN Summit,” the 94-year-old premier told Malaysian reporters at a press conference here.
Indeed, Dr Mahathir who led the Malaysian delegation to the summit had a really packed schedule, which includes a bilateral meeting with his Thai counterpart, General Prayuth Chan o-cha.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir participated in three ASEAN Leaders’ interfaces, each with representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), ASEAN Youth and ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).
“During those interfaces, they have presented their views and reports on their needs and what needs to be done, we had noted down all the requests and their memorandum,” he said.
Earlier today, Dr Mahathir attended the opening of the 34th ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN Leaders’ Retreat.
He also attended the 13th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit and the 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Summit.
“Each of us was able to give our views about the performance of ASEAN. We heard reports about the performance of ASEAN.
“By and large, we are quite satisfied that there has been quite a lot of progress,” he said.
The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darrel Leiking and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as well as officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Wisma Putra, Ministry of International Trade and Industry and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA).
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