Najib to attend Asean-Australia special summit in Sydney

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) will be travelling to Australia this weekend to attend a special summit on ASEAN-Australia co-operation.

Najib will be undertaking a working visit to Sydney, Australia from March 17 to 18 for the summit.

He will be accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, and officials from the Prime Minister's Office, Foreign Affairs Ministry and Home Affairs Ministry.

In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it will be the first time for Australia to host a summit with all ASEAN leaders.

"The special summit is organised to discuss about the future direction and co-operation between ASEAN and Australia.

"Besides that, the special summit is also organised to commemorate the elevation of ASEAN-Australia relations to a strategic partnership," it said.

Apart from attending the special summit, Najib is expected to use this opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with his ASEAN and Australia counterparts to discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest.

During the special summit, the leaders are expected to deliver two important outcome documents, which are the Sydney Declaration and the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and Australia on Cooperation to Counter International Terrorism.

The ASEAN-Australia special summit will comprise three sessions namely the ASEAN-Australia Leader's Summit, the ASEAN-Australia Businesses Summit and the ASEAN-Australia Counter-Terrorism Conference.