Source: Government of Malaysia
COURTESY CALL ON YAB TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
BY HIS EXCELLENCY TARO KONO
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF JAPAN
11 JULY 2018
His Excellency Taro Kono, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan called on YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia on 11 July 2018 at the Prime Minister’s Office. This was in conjunction with his working visit to Malaysia from 10 to 11 July 2018.
YAB Prime Minister expressed his deepest condolences to HE Kono over the flash floods and landslides in western Japan. The incident which was due to heavy rains has affected areas in Hiroshima, Osaka, Shiga, Hyogo, Okayama, Kyoto and Fukuoka, and has caused deaths of more than 100 people while many are still missing.
YAB Prime Minister and HE Kono were pleased with the current state of bilateral relations and looked forward to continuing in strengthening and fostering greater cooperation in many areas. Malaysia and Japan have agreed to elevate the relationship from an Enhanced Partnership to a Strategic Partnership in 2015.
YAB Prime Minister was also pleased with the outcome of the meeting with his counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 12 June 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. Both Prime Ministers agreed to rejuvenate and further enhance the Look East Policy which was launched in 1982. For more than three decades, Malaysia and Japan have benefitted from this policy and it is believed that it would continue to benefit both countries especially through education and human resource development.
YAB Prime Minister reiterated his offer for Japan to open a Japanese university branch in Malaysia to give more opportunities for Malaysian students to have access to the Japanese education system. At the same time, the students could also learn the Japanese language and more importantly the Japanese values and cultures, which have proven to be the foundation of Japan’s remarkable success. He added that the university would be more accessible and would be able to attract international students not only from the nearby regions but as far as Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. HE Kono responded that he would work internally with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technologies on this offer.
YAB Prime Minister welcomed Japan’s readiness to send its experts to Malaysia to look at methods to optimize the utilization of the railway lines especially the double track system. As Malaysians have gradually embraced the usage of public transport, the optimization of the railway lines would further ease traffic congestion in the city centre.
YAB Prime Minister also appreciated Japanese consideration on the request of the soft credit assistance which is now being studied by the Japanese side.
YAB Prime Minister and HE Taro Kono also discussed matters related to the regional developments including issues pertaining to the situation in the Korean Peninsula. YAB Prime Minister and HE Kono concurred that the international community should support efforts towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and at the same time remain committed to the implementation of sanctions under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
On the developments in the South China Sea, YAB Prime Minister and HE Kono agreed that ASEAN should play leading and active role in managing the situation and conflicts in the South China Sea. Japan has expressed its interest to cooperate with ASEAN on this matter.
Japan has informed that its chief negotiator for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is coming to Malaysia to explain on the Agreement to the Government of Malaysia.
The Courtesy Call has contributed towards greater understanding and appreciation of each other’s stance and perspectives on various matters, bilaterally and regionally. It also served as a reaffirmation of both Governments’ desire to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations.
12 July 2018