1. Joint Communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries in Kuala Lumpur.
  2. As agreed at their meeting in New York on and October 1971, a Meeting of Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries as held in Kuala Lumpur on 26 – 27 November 1971. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia His Excellency Tun Adam Malik, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia His Excellency Tun Abdul Razak bin Dato Hussein, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines His Excellency Dr. Carlos P. Romulo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore His Excellency Mr S. Rajaratnam and the Special Envoy of the National Executive Council of Thailand His Excellency Tun Thanat Khoman. The Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was preceded by a meeting of their officials on 25 – 26 November 1971.
  3. The Meeting was held in a very informal and friendly atmosphere and was characterized by free and frank discussions in the spirit of regional cooperation and consultation among ASEAN member countries.
  4. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy exchanged views and discussed matters of mutual interest concerning recent developments in the international situation as they affect the region of Southeast Asia.
  5. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy agreed to continue to consult each other with a view to fostering an integrated approach on all matters and developments which affect the Southeast Asian region.
  6. At the end of their deliberations, the Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy signed and issued Declaration in which they stated their determination to exert initially necessary efforts to secure the recognition of and respect for Southeast Asia as a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality, free from any form or manner of interference by outside Powers, and also stated that Southeast Asian countries should make concerted efforts to broaden the areas of cooperation which would contribute to their strength, solidarity and closer relationship.
  7. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy agreed that their concern for peace and stability should be manifested through a meeting at the highest level. They accordingly agreed to recommend that a Summit Meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the members of ASEAN be held in Manila at a date to be announced later.
  8. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy also agreed that they would bring the contents of their Declaration to the attention of the other countries of Southeast Asia and would encourage them to associate themselves with the aspirations and objectives expressed in the Declaration.
  9. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy also agreed to establish a Committee of Senior Officials initially of the ASEAN countries to study and consider what further necessary steps should be taken to bring about the realization of their objectives. The Committee would be convened in Malaysia.
  10. The Foreign Ministers and the Special Envoy expressed their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of Malaysia for the warm and generous hospitality extended to then, during the meeting.