Malaysia, New Zealand sign Joint Statement

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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan hosted the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Winston Peters on his working visit to Malaysia from 6 to 9 June 2024.

The Ministry in a statement said, the two Foreign Ministers held the inaugural Malaysia-New Zealand Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to review the progress of the ongoing bilateral cooperation and explore new areas of collaboration.

“Both Foreign Ministers also discussed and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. A Joint Statement was issued following the meeting,” the ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Winston Peters also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, respectively.

“This visit has further solidified the existing cooperation between both countries under the framework of the Strategic Partnership, through robust economic partnerships and close people-to-people ties.

“In 2023, New Zealand was Malaysia’s second-largest trading partner, export destination and source of imports among countries in the Oceania region with a total trade amounting to RM11.56 billion (USD2.54 billion),” the statement said.

In another development, both the ministers held the 1st Malaysia-New Zealand Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) on 7 June 2024 and this was followed with a Joint Statement.

In the Joint Statement, the Ministers expressed their appreciation for the strong bilateral relationship and recognised the progress of the current cooperation under the Strategic Partnership established in 2023, encompassing its four (4) pillars: Prosperity; People; Planet; and Peace & Security.

Both Ministers reviewed the progress of the ongoing bilateral cooperation and reiterated their commitment to the Strategic Partnership and their determination to enhance and broaden the ongoing collaboration in key areas of strategic importance and mutually beneficial.

Both Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing the ASEAN-New Zealand Strategic Partnership, including through ASEAN-led mechanisms and looked forward to commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-New Zealand dialogue relations during Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2025.

Both sides also exchanged views concerning geostrategic,security and geoeconomics in addressing the regional challenges, including the South China Sea, the situation in the Middle East, and the situations in Myanmar, and Ukraine.

The Ministers reiterated their strong commitment to multilateralism and committed to continuing to work together to strengthen multilateral institutions, including their role in protecting and promoting human rights. –Malaysia World News

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