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The future of Australia and ASEAN is interrelated, says the Australian Foreign Minister

By Voon Miaw Ping

Putrajaya, June 28 (Bernama)-Southeast Asia remains an important region for Australia, Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong said, highlighting Australia’s new government’s commitment to ASEAN centrality.

Wong, who is currently on a three-day official visit to Malaysia, said on Tuesday that Australia’s future is related to both ASEAN and Southeast Asia’s future.

“We share the same area, so we share the same future. That’s how we tackle relationships and the many challenges we face,” she said.

“The Australian Government remains committed to the centrality of ASEAN and believes that ASEAN is the center of a stable, peaceful and prosperous region where sovereignty is respected,” she said after the bilateral meeting, Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk. He spoke at a joint press conference with Seri Saifuddin Abdullah. In the latter office here.

She was also honored that Australia is a comprehensive strategic partner for ASEAN and had the opportunity to meet with the Secretary-General of ASEAN and other standing representatives during her visit to Jakarta with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese earlier this month. Said that. A way forward to build stronger partnerships.

Australia and ASEAN joined the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement in October 2021.

The trilateral security agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States is well known by the abbreviation AUKUS, but the Foreign Minister said that the Australian government would replace the existing diesel-powered submarine with a nuclear-powered submarine. Said that it was intended.

“We’re talking about nuclear propulsion, not nuclear weapons,” she said to ease misunderstandings about security agreements and submarines.

In more detail, Mr Wong said the new government is also taking the time to listen to and explain concerns about the issue.

Announced last September, AUKUS raised major security concerns in the region’s states, fearing it could further increase tensions in the region.

In other words, Wong, who was born in Malaysia from a young age before moving to Australia, described this visit as a special day.

As part of the itinerary here, Wong also with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of International Trade and Industry, and Datuk Seri Hishamdin Thun Hussein, Minister of Defense, before flying to Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday. I will meet you. Leaders of several states.

Before arriving in Malaysia, Wong was in Vietnam on Monday. After she was appointed Foreign Minister earlier this month, she was in Indonesia with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

-Bernama



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