INTERVENTION NOTES – RETREAT SESSION
YAB DATO’ SRI ISMAIL SABRI YAAKOB
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
AT THE 13TH ASEAN-EUROPE SUMMIT (ASEM13)
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
26 NOVEMBER 2021 (VIRTUAL)
TOPIC 2: STRENGTHENING SOLIDARITY RATHER THAN DIVISION
1. ASEM’s key principles of multi-dimensional, equal partnership and mutual understanding; form the important elements of solidarity in Asia-Europe cooperation.
Peaceful Co-existence and Conflict Resolution
2. Malaysia stresses the importance of global peace, security and stability. We subscribe to the essence of peaceful co- existence.
3. We see it as a means of solving existing geopolitical issues, territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states.
4. As a strong proponent of multilateralism, Malaysia is committed to resolving conflicts through peaceful and constructive dialogue.
5. The concept of ASEM, coming together as a Big Family, can be the basis for our interaction, engagement and actions in resolving issues.
6. By understanding each other’s differences, we develop the ability to empathise with others.
7. By focusing on commonalities, we are able to connect better and think more strategically.
8. By being united as a family, we are able to do much more and celebrate humanity.
The Situation in Myanmar and the Rohingya’s Issue
9. Malaysia is deeply concerned over the situation in Myanmar and we are hopeful that it will return to democracy, soon.
10. We remain committed to supporting the work of the ASEAN Special Envoy to find a peaceful solution in Myanmar.
11. We are also hopeful that the current situation will not escalate further. This will have an adverse impact on the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.
12. Based on humanitarian grounds, Malaysia continues to render assistance and protection to the Rohingyas in Malaysia.
13. To conclude, I would like to reaffirm Malaysia’s commitment to the ASEM process to address pressing regional and international issues.
14. We believe that by strengthening solidarity, we will ensure peace, stability and prosperity for our two regions.
15. As the saying goes, “Just like a tree, the branches grow in different directions but our roots will remain as one.”
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.