Australia welcomes Malaysian political leader Anwar Ibrahim’s full Royal pardon and release from detention today.

We have followed Anwar’s trial and incarceration closely, and have expressed concern to the previous Malaysian Government.

We are pleased that the royal pardon will allow Anwar to be reunited with his family in time for Ramadan and again participate fully in Malaysia’s politics and governance. Anwar has much to contribute to Malaysia.

The Australian Government recognises Prime Minister Mahathir’s strong emphasis on good governance, the rule of law and the upholding of the Constitution.

Australia looks forward to continuing to work with Malaysia and its new Pakatan Harapan Government to further strengthen our partnership.

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