We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the 39th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), taking cognizance of the needs of our nationals in crisis situations overseas and having discussed the issue, wish to state the following:

We express our deep concern on the difficulties faced by our nationals in third countries who are caught in conflict or crisis situations. We recognize that some of our Member Countries may not have diplomatic representation and therefore our nationals may not be able to receive adequate assistance in certain countries.

We agree that in the spirit of ASEAN solidarity our Missions in third countries would extend assistance to nationals of ASEAN Member Countries who are caught in conflict or crisis situations, in the event of need and based on the capacities and resources of those relevant Missions.