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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Economic Leaders’ Informal Dialogue and Working Lunch in San Francisco, the United States, on November 16, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

PM Anwar speaks on Gaza at APEC leaders’ meet

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 16 — Walking the talk, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim voiced out on the bloodbath happening in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s relentless air and ground attack.

”What is happening in Gaza is clearly an abandonment of moral responsibility which allows massive destruction to happen and resulted in climate calamity,” he said at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Informal Dialogue and Working Lunch today, in the presence of United States (US) President Joe Biden and the rest of the leaders from member economies.

The attacks have killed over 11,000 Palestinians, including over 7,800 women and children, while over 29,000 others have been injured to date.

Since arriving in San Francisco, Anwar has highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

“The humanitarian crisis in Palestine is poised to affect not just Palestine or the broader Middle East, but also leave an imprint on global relations for many years to come.”

“These are blatant violations of international law, he said earlier in the week at a special lecture titled ‘Super Power Rivalry and Rising Tensions in the Asia Pacific’ at the University of California.

Anwar also said developed nations must do more to bear responsibility and assist developing countries in energy transition.

Currently, the developing economies and emerging economies are not getting the right support that is required for the energy transition from developed nations.

“Ensuring a fair and equitable transition is crucial,” he said.

Malaysia is one of only 17 recognised mega-diverse countries — a critical position in pursuing global sustainability and the fight against climate change.

“Malaysia produces 0.658 per cent of global greenhouse emissions — 2/3 of a per cent. But climate change raises the risk of displacing up to a quarter of our population if little or nothing is done,” Anwar said.

He added that Putrajaya is transforming its economy and investing in a cleaner, greener future, including through the National Energy Transition Roadmap.

National oil company Petronas has also committed to a clear pathway towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Prime Minister commended Biden and President Xi Jinping for their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of APEC, as he stressed that China-US engagement is key for the future of APEC.

— Bernama


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