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Japanese PM in Malaysia to strengthen ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 25 began a two-day official
visit to Malaysia to further enhance bilateral relations between the two
countries.

After the state welcome ceremony, PM Abe
held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to discuss
bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern,
including the Look East Policy.

Speaking at the
joint press conference, PM Najib said Malaysia and Japan have
agreed on strengthening the second wave of the “Look East Policy”, which
would not be limited to training and education, but should be more
forward-looking with better focus and more economic-oriented.

Both governments pledged to encourage further partnerships between
Malaysian companies and multinational corporations and small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of green technology and renewable
energy.

The other areas include key technical
services, institutional support and other high valued-added sectors to
promote Malaysia as an investment hub within the region and to
cultivate research and development and commercialisation among Malaysian
SMEs aided by their Japanese counterparts.

For his
part, PM Abe affirmed the Japanese government’s commitment towards the
second wave of the Look East Policy to further strengthen bilateral
relationship between both countries.

He said the two
sides will promote cooperation in infrastructure to boost the growth of
Malaysia and agreed to make use of Japan ’s high technology
expertise especially in high-speed train and water and energy system in
Malaysia .

Both sides recognised the need to
establish a large-scale research or academic joint programme between
Malaysia-Japan Institute of Technology (MJIT) and major Japanese
companies and industries in the area of higher or advance technology.

In addition, PM Najib said the two leaders also
discussed maritime and defence security, tourism and youth exchanges as
well as regional and international issues.-VNA

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