Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah  (Source: The Malaysian Insight)

Jakarta (VNA) –
Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah is visiting Indonesia from July 20-23 to reinforce the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries for the prosperity of their people.

According to a press statement from the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, this is the first working trip to Indonesia by Abdullah after being appointed foreign minister on July 2 under the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Abdullah is scheduled to meet with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on July 23 and then with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the same day to discuss bilateral matters and a new cooperation strategy.

At the meeting with Marsudi, the foreign ministers will talk about various issues of interest, including diplomatic steps to be taken by Indonesia and Malaysia in dealing with the discrimination against palm oil products in the region of the European Union.

In addition, the two foreign ministers will discuss efforts to negotiate the shared border region, according to Director of Southeast Asian Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Denny Abdi.

In relation to the proposal for joint development of border areas, Abdi noted that the Indonesian government believes that both countries should address overlapping claims in border areas through negotiations.

The two countries are also interested in possible cooperation in management and development along the border region.-VNA