Malaysia, Indonesia reiterated their commitment to jointly address discrimination against palm oil


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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan undertook an official visit to Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia on 6th February 2024 and this was his maiden visit to the neighbouring country since his appointment as Foreign Minister on 12th December 2023.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said, in Jakarta the Minister paid a courtesy call on President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo where he expressed that the visit was a continuation of the efforts by the Malaysian Government to further strengthen partnership with Indonesia and enhance cooperation at the ASEAN level.

The statement added, the Foreign Minister also touched on the need to intensify border trade activities at Tebedu and Entikong in order to reach USD30 billion in annual trade as agreed by both leaders.

“The Foreign Minister also had a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno L. P. Marsudi. Both sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“The meeting was an opportunity for both sides to take stock of the progress of bilateral cooperation and explore new potential avenues towards further strengthening the existing partnership,” the Ministry said in its statement here today.

The statement also highlighted, besides bilateral issues, the Foreign Minister also exchanged views with President Jokowi and his Indonesian counterpart on regional and global developments, focusing on the situation in Myanmar and conflict in Palestine.

“Both countries also reiterated their commitment to jointly address discrimination against palm oil. Malaysia and Indonesia are the world’s main exporting nations of the commodity,” the statement said.

The Foreign Minister also discussed resolving the crisis in Myanmar through ASEAN with his Indonesian counterpart and emphasised the importance of ASEAN unity in addressing this issue.

The Foreign Minister who was accompanied by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Malaysia’s position is also shared by Indonesia, regarding the struggle of the Palestinians and their inalienable right to a free and independent State of Palestine.

The Ministry in its statement also mentioned that the official visit was a testament of the close and comprehensive ties between the two nations. In 2023, Indonesia ranked as Malaysia’s third largest trading partner among ASEAN member states, with total trade amounting to RM111.21 billion (USD24.39 billion). –Malaysia World News


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