MALAYSIA AND AUSTRALIA ELEVATE TIES TO COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
The Honourable Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin and The Honourable Prime Minister Scott John Morrison officially launched the Malaysia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) during the inaugural Malaysia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting, held via video conferencing today.
The elevation of the Malaysia-Australia partnership is very significant and historic, creating another milestone in diplomatic relations between the two countries. It reflects both nations’ genuine commitment to advancing and consolidating further the already extensive and multi-faceted cooperation bilaterally and at the multilateral level.
In this respect, both Prime Ministers approved the Plan of Action, which charts out concrete initiatives under the three CSP main pillars namely, Economic Prosperity; Society and Technology as well as Defence Cooperation and Regional Security. The Leaders also approved the Joint Statement of the Malaysia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting.
In addition to consolidating further the existing cooperation, the CSP also positions Malaysia and Australia to concretise collaborations in new areas such as digital economy; agriculture and food security; disaster and public health emergencies; mental health; science technology and innovation and environment and youth empowerment; to name a few.
Specifically on the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Ministers agreed for Malaysia and Australia to undertake a set of effective measures to address the pandemic and mitigate its negative impacts. Such
measures include undertaking cooperation in COVID-19 vaccination, keeping the markets open and the international supply chains functioning to support economic recovery efforts and peoples’ livelihoods as well as managing cross-border movement.
Today’s launch of the Malaysia-Australia CSP is also timely as both countries continue to address the evolving regional and global complexities, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSP will enable the two partners to navigate a new landscape and stay ahead of the curve.
Malaysia and Australia have been long-standing, close partners. The ties between the two countries predate Malaysia’s independence. Australia established its Commission in Kuala Lumpur in 1955, and the then Malaya reciprocated by establishing its Commission in Canberra in 1956. Subsequently in 2015, Putrajaya and Canberra elevated the ties to strategic partnership.
The two countries continue to work together at the regional and global platforms, including the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Partnership, East Asia Summit, APEC, Pacific Islands Forum, Commonwealth and the United Nations.
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
27 January 2021
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