The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will lead Malaysia’s delegation to the11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 15 to 16 July 2016. YAB Deputy Prime Minister will be accompanied by YABhg Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis and senior officials from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Summit, held every two years, will be preceded by the Senior Officials Meeting from 12 to14 July 2016 to discuss preparations and finalise the Chair’s Statement for approval by the leaders.

This Summit which has the theme “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity” marks the 20th anniversary of ASEM since its inception in 1996. Leaders are expected to discuss and review the progress and achievements of the two decades of partnership as well as chart the course for the inter-regional dialogue process for the next decade

Leaders will also address important regional and international issues, the strengthening of ASEM partnership through greater connectivity, and the enhancement of the three pillars of the ASEM cooperative framework in the political, economic and socio-cultural fields.

Leaders are expected to adopt the Ulaanbaatar Declaration, which aims to chart the future course of ASEM into its third decade.

YAB Deputy Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver a statement at the First Plenary Session of the Summit which will have discussions based on the topic “Two Decades of Partnership: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead”.

YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders at the side lines of the Summit to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

ASEM is a platform for dialogue and cooperation based on equal partnership between the regions of Asia and Europe. ASEM has 53 Member Partners, consisting of 21 Asian countries, 28 European Union member states, 2 other European countries, the European Union, and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia