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Malaysia reiterates stand on fair access to Covid-19 vaccines, medicines Hishammuddin

0 month ago, 14-Sep-2020

oreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has reiterated Malaysias stand on equitable and fair access to future vaccines and anti-viral medicines for the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has reiterated Malaysias stand on equitable and fair access to future vaccines and anti-viral medicines for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wisma Putra in a statement yesterday said, during the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) and related meetings held between Sept 9 and 12, Hishammuddin stressed that unfair competition such as a monopoly on anti-viral medicines and any potential Covid-19 vaccines must be prevented.

During the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting,Hishammuddin saidthat the importance of EAS participating countries to work together with ASEAN to address the devastating effects of the pandemic, as well as preserve the global supply chain.

While at the 21st ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers Meeting, Hishammuddin emphasised the need for ASEAN Plus Three countries to continue to work closely together to enhance mutually beneficial economic relations, especially in the face of global economic and financial uncertainties posed by the pandemic, said the statement.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers took note of the progress report on realising ASEAN priority and Key Deliverables for 2020 and ASEANscollective response to the pandemic, as well asagreed on the issuance of a LeadersDeclaration of the Development of ASEAN Community Vision Post-2025at the 37th ASEAN Summit scheduled for November 2020 during the27th ASEAN CoordinatingCouncil Meeting.

Over the course of the three-day virtual conferencestarting from Sept 9, Hishammuddinalso attended the Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Commission; the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (27th ARF) and participated in Post Ministerial Conferences(PMC) with nine Dialogue Partners, including Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and the United States.

During 53rd AMM, Hishammuddin reiteratedMalaysias firm commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty, sovereign rights, and interests, withterritorial and maritime disputes being resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the United NationsConvention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

The Foreign Minister also urged ASEAN Member States to cooperate in addressing spill-over effects and challenges caused by the prolonged crisis in Rakhine State in Myanmar, including human trafficking, Wisma Putra said.

The ministry said, Hishammuddin again underlined Malaysias position on territorial and maritime disputes and stressed the need for the US and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to resume negotiations visvis the situation in the Korean Peninsula, during the27th ARF.

Hishamuddinreaffirmed the significance of the SEANWFZ Treaty as a key instrument to regional nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, rejected any plans by Israel to unilaterally annex Occupied Palestinian Territoriesin the West Bank, and underscored the need to resolve the repatriation process of displaced persons from Rakhine State.

In the SEANWFZ Commission meeting, Malaysia hasrecognised the divergent positions taken by ASEAN Member States concerning reservations of the Nuclear Weapon States to the SEANWFZ Protocol.

However, to move the process forward,Hishammuddin stressed the need to pursue in-depth discussions among officials and experts, as well as set tangible goals, Wisma Putra said.

During the PMCwith ASEAN Dialogue Partners, members took stock of the progress made under existing Plans of Action between ASEAN and respective Dialogue Partners, which collectively saw an exchange of views on matters relating to regional and international issues of common concern.

The issues include the regions response to the pandemic, the palm oil industry, developments in the South China Sea, Korean Peninsula, and Rakhine State, regional anti-terrorism and violent extremism efforts, climate change, disaster management preparedness, maritime security as well as other non-traditional security issues.

The Meeting also adopted a new five-year Plan of Action (2021-2025) with Canada, New Zealand, India, Republic of Korea and the United States, the statement said.

At the Special Session of the ASEAN Coordinating Council Meeting on Sub-Regional Development, Hishammuddinemphasisedthat ASEAN needed to work together to restore supply chains, enhance digital infrastructure and connectivity, promote consultations between sub-regional entities and encourage more public-private partnership models of investment to support development initiatives under sub-regional cooperation.

He also participated in the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Womens Role for Sustainable Peace and Security as well as joined his counterparts in Interface meetings between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. – Bernama

Malaysia reiterates stand on fair access to Covid-19 vaccines, medicines – Hishammuddin Borneo Post Online.


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