Japanese FM visits Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah (pictures) will host his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi on his two-day working visit to Malaysia starting today.

According to the Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra), this is Hayashi’s first visit to Malaysia since his appointment as Japan’s foreign minister in November 2021.

The two ministers are due to hold a bilateral meeting to review progress made in strengthening the long-standing and multi-faceted relationship between Malaysia and Japan.

“In May 2022, Malaysia and Japan agreed to upgrade their relationship from a Strategic Partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during the Prime Minister’s official working visit to Japan,” Wisma Putra said in a statement today. today.

During the meeting, it was noted that the two ministers will discuss ways to further expand various areas of cooperation, including economy and trade, education, culture, human capital development as well as recovery interpersonal contacts.

The two foreign ministers will also exchange views on various regional and international issues of common interest.

Wisma Putra said Hayashi’s two-day visit is timely as it coincides with the 40th anniversary of Malaysia’s Look East Policy (LEP) and 65 years of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan.

“The visit also gives new impetus to explore untapped areas of potential for the mutual benefit of both countries,” he added.

In 2021, Japan was Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner with trade valued at RM149 billion ($36 billion). As of last year, Japan is Malaysia’s third-largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector with implemented projects worth RM90.9 billion ($27.6 billion).Bernama

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