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Hisham under quarantine, unable to join Asean-China foreign ministers' meeting - The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is unable to attend the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, China, on Monday (June 7) or to make working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar as he is undergoing quarantine due to close contact with a Covid-19 patient.

In a statement on Sunday (June 6), the Foreign Ministry said the Health Ministry (MOH) had deemed Hishammuddin as a close contact of a person with Covid-19.

“Although the Foreign Minister has undergone two PCR tests which were negative, MOH guidelines prescribe that the Foreign Minister is required to undergo compulsory quarantine and self-isolation,” the statement read.

Wisma Putra said Hishammuddin would be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar as the head of Malaysia’s delegation to the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Hishammuddin has also postponed his working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar to a new set of dates to be determined in consultation with the governments of these countries.

The ministry is working closely with its counterparts in these countries for this purpose, it added. – Bernama