1. The 33rd ASEAN-Australia Forum was held via videoconference on 17 March 2021 to discuss ASEAN and Australia’s shared commitment to progressing the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership, advancing our region’s comprehensive recovery from COVID-19, and addressing other shared regional and international challenges.
2. The Forum was co-chaired by HE Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Malaysian ASEAN Senior Official and Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; and HE Mr Justin Hayhurst, Australian ASEAN Senior Official and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. The Forum was attended by Senior Officials or representatives from ASEAN Member States, Australia, and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). Australia thanked Malaysia for its ongoing efforts as the Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Relations for 2018-2021 and expressed support for Brunei Darussalam’s priorities and deliverables under its ASEAN Chairmanship theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”.