Malaysia, Japan to work on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework together

by TMR / pic by TMR FILE

JAPAN and Malaysia have agreed to work together on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the United Nations reform including the security council reform.

The Japanese embassy in Malaysia said in a statement today that both countries’ foreign affairs ministers — Hayashi Yoshimasa and Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) — have agreed to coordinate in response to regional and global challenges such as the situation in Myanmar.

This was conveyed in a 30 minutes meeting between both ministers yesterday. 

Yoshimasa noted that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of the Look East Policy (LEP), and expressed his intention to enhance the cooperation in the priority areas of the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific as well as those in the Sulu-Celebes Seas toward achieving a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

Saifuddin, meanwhile, expressed his intention to further promote the bilateral relations while taking the opportunity of this milestone year.

“Both ministers concurred to work together towards a new development of the LEP, taking into consideration the demands of the time and Malaysia’s priority policies including the area of digital economy,” the statement read.

Saifuddin also agreed to look into his Japanese counterpart’s request for an early opening of a branch campus of the University of Tsukuba.

Both ministers confirmed the importance of bilateral cooperation such as third country training on maritime safety and enhancement of security cooperation.

Regarding the situation in Ukraine, both ministers maintained that unilateral change of the status quo by force is unacceptable in any region and concurred that the two countries would coordinate to deal with the impacts on the world economy, alongside condemning the aggression.

Yoshimasa expressed his strong opposition to the unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas as well as economic coercion. 

“Both ministers confirmed that they would continue to collaborate in response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities such as ballistic missile launches including the ones today as well as the abductions issue,” the statement added.