KOTA KINABALU – ASEAN will continue to be the cornerstone of Malaysiaâ€™s foreign policy, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
He said regional stability and the predictability of behaviour of countries in the region would contribute towards Malaysiaâ€™s ability to trade as well as to play a leading role which would enhance its credibility in international affairs.
“Towards this end, an ASEAN which is more deeply integrated, rules-based and outward-looking would strengthen Malaysiaâ€™s capability to achieve these aims.
“At the same time, Malaysiaâ€™s able leadership in the ASEAN region must be evident in order for us to play a more influential leadership role globally,” he told a news conference on the Jan 27-28 ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat 2015 here today.
Malaysia is chairing ASEAN in 2015 after taking over from Myanmar, at an important time where the establishment of the ASEAN Community is scheduled by the end of this year. – BERNAMA