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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA, YB DATO' SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN, REGARDING THE INDONESIAN FLAG IN THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR BOOK FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH SEA GAMES


On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to express regret for the inadvertent error made by the Malaysian Organizing Committee (MASOC) for the wrong publication of the Indonesian flag in the official souvenir booklet of the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Sea Games, held yesterday, 19 August 2017.

Also on behalf of the Malaysian Government, we would like to extend our apology to the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia. In this regard, we wish to assure the Government of the Republic of Indonesia that all measures have been taken to address this unfortunate situation.

The Honourable Brig Gen Khairy Jamaludddin, on behalf of the Organizing Committee has met his counterpart, His Excellency Bapak Imam Nahwari, the Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sports to explain the regrettable error and convey his apology on behalf of the MASOC.

Malaysia places importance to its close and deeply rooted fraternal relations with Indonesia. Indeed, the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations this year is an occasion that we have invested in to rededicate ourselves to our shared values, culture and destiny.

It is in this spirit that we hope and believe that our two countries will continue to interact closely together and in doing so , strengthen the ties between us and within the region as a whole.

YB DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
PUTRAJAYA
20 August 2017

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