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PRESS RELEASE : OUTCOME OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH TO BANGKOK, THAILAND 19 JANUARY 2019

OUTCOME OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH TO BANGKOK, THAILAND

19 JANUARY 2019

 

On 19 January 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, led the Malaysian delegation to Bangkok, Thailand for his first Official Visit to the country. He was accompanied by senior government officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The Foreign Minister met with his counterpart Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and discussed a number of bilateral issues of mutual interest, as well as regional and global issues of common concern.

 

At a Joint Press Conference held in Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok, both Foreign Ministers announced their agreement to extend the operation hours at the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam and CIQ Sadao from 18 to 24 hours beginning 1 April 2019, focusing on heavy vehicles and cargoes, for a trial period of three months. This decision was made as a follow-up to the agreement that was reached between the Prime Ministers of both countries during Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Official Visit to Bangkok in October 2018.

 

Improving connectivity between both countries continues to be a priority for Malaysia. With good and enhanced infrastructure, as well as seamless border connectivity, this initiative would facilitate trade across the border between Malaysia and Thailand.

 

On sustainable development, which is also Thailand’s main focus for its ASEAN Chairmanship this year, both Foreign Ministers acknowledged the importance of sustainable development agenda, and are committed to working together to realise this. Malaysia has actively undertaking the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals which had already been embedded in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020).

 

 

PUTRAJAYA

20 January 2019