The Prime Ministers of Japan, Australia and New Zealand arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (6 August) for talks with the leaders of the five developing countries belonging to the Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN.
The Prime Ministers of Japan, Australia and New Zealand arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (6 August) for talks with the leaders of the five developing countries belonging to the Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN. It is the first time that the leaders of the eight non-Communist countries have met together to discuss how they can strengthen their relations - mainly in the economic field.
The final ASEAN Communique underlined the five countries hopes for a new relationship with Japan, with greater cooperation aimed at improving access of ASEAN products into the Japanese market. It also emphasised the wish of the five countries to develop peaceful relations with all countries in the area - including the Communist states of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
SYNOPSIS: The talks came immediately after the end of a two day summit meeting of ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (5 August). Leaders from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia the Philippines and Singapore authorised the signing of agreements enabling 58 million pounds Sterling (100 million US dollars) to be made available to member banks to offset short term international monetary problems thereby making an important step toward mutual financial collaboration. The agreement was signed by Governors of the banks concerned.
At the closing session of the ASEAN meeting, a joint communique was read expressing the Association's concern at the protectionist measures of the developed countries with which they traded. These, the communique said, affected the livelihoods of 200 million people inside the ambit of ASEAN.
The leaders of the five south east asian countries called for the immediate removal of such protectionist measures and the setting up of policies to increase trade with ASEAN nations.
The leader of the host nation Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn of Malysia, spoke at the final session. In the final communique, the ASEAN leaders spoke of their desire for closer ties with developed countries, particularly their neighbours, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.