Najib on two-day working visit to Bandung for conference

Najib on two-day working visit to Bandung for conference
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak speaking at a press conference in 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will be in Bandung, Indonesia, for a two-day working visit from Thursday to attend the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Asia-Africa Conference and 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership.

The visit would provide Najib the opportunity to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest with leaders from Asian and African countries, said a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

"The visit symbolises Malaysia's continued support and commitment in strengthening co-operation with other developing countries, especially in Asia and Africa with the sole purpose of promoting world peace and prosperity through South-South co-operation," said the statement.

Najib would be accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

The anniversary celebrations of the Asia-Africa Conference and the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership would bring together heads of state from 109 countries in Asia and Africa.

The celebrations would begin with the Asian-African Ministers Meeting on April 20 and 21, followed by the Asian-African Summit themed "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity" on April 22 and 23 in Jakarta.

Anifah and Ahmad Shabery would attend the Asian-African Summit.

The first Asia-Africa Conference was co-organised by five countries namely India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

This conference symbolises the sharing of aspirations and solidarity among newly independent Asian and African countries.

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