Malaysia Hopes for Agreement with ASEAN Countries on AUKUS

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that he hopes for a united front among Southeast Asian countries regarding the Australia, United States and United Kingdom (AUKUS) pact.

Hussein said in parliament that a meeting next month with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be an opportunity to discuss the AUKUS and form a collective agreement. Hussein added that a consensus among the region will help “face the two great powers” of the U.S. or China. 

Hussein said in a tweet that the AUKUS pact is concerning as it can disrupt peaceful diplomatic ties among the ASEAN region.

He said, “Our endgame as always is to ensure the region’s stability.”

AUKUS, the agreement between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, aimed to distribute nuclear-powered submarines to Australia to respond to China’s influence in disputed territorial waters. 

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