Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke with his Malaysian counterpart, Hishammuddin Hussein, on February 23 via video conference.
The ministers discussed the situation in Burma/ Myanmar following the military coup and expressed their deep concern. They agreed on the key role that ASEAN can play in responding to the crisis. The minister underscored the commitment of the EU, which adopted, on February 22, the principle of new restrictive measures against Myanmar’s military leaders.
The minsters discussed their shared vision for an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, founded on the rule of law and where ASEAN has a key role to play. They underscored the quality and strength of our bilateral relations and expressed the desire to strengthen them, especially in the areas of health and academic cooperation, notably by promoting student mobility, as soon as health conditions allow.