Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim attends the 18th East Asia Summit as part of the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Jakarta on September 7, 2023. [YASUYOSHI CHIBA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Malaysian Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, on Thursday called on the international community to avoid confusion and discrimination in dealing with the conflict and human suffering in Palestine, Anadolu Agency reports.
Addressing the East Asia Summit in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Anwar said any form of racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia cannot be accepted and should be condemned as strongly as possible.
The Malaysian Prime Minister is in Indonesia to attend the annual summit of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).
On Palestine, Anwar, and ASEAN leaders expressed concern over the developments in the Middle East and reiterated the need for a comprehensive, just and sustainable solution to the crisis in order to achieve peace and stability in the region.
We fully support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people for an independent Palestinian State with the realisation of two states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital
the ASEAN statement read, Bernama News reported.
Later, he met with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to discuss the issues of Palestine and Myanmar, according to statements on his X account, formerly known as Twitter.
Anwar reiterated Malaysia’s commitment to collaborating closely with both the UN and ASEAN, especially in endeavours aimed at achieving a peaceful resolution to Myanmar’s political crisis.
Expressing his “disappointment” with the insufficient advancements in the implementation of the ASEAN’s 5-Point Consensus by Myanmar’s authorities, Anwar said: “I also voiced my concern that the crisis in Myanmar has opened opportunities for criminal syndicates to intensify their activities.”
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