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WORKING VISIT OF DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
DATO’ MARZUKI YAHYATO JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE OPEN-ENDED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE OIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 17 JULY 2019
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Marzuki Yahya, will be leading Malaysia’s delegation to the Open-Ended Extraordinary Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Executive Committee at the level of Foreign Ministers which will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 17 July 2019.
The meeting will discuss the Israeli violations in the occupied city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif. Dato’ Marzuki Yahya will be delivering Malaysia’s statement at the meeting. The OIC Executive Committee is expected to issue a statement at the end of the meeting.
Malaysia’s participation at the meeting is a testament of its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian cause, and reaffirms the role of the OIC in efforts to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967.
16 July 2019
SPECIAL VISIT BY HIS MAJESTY THE YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG XVI,
AL-SULTAN ABDULLAH RI’AYATUDDIN AL-MUSTAFA BILLAH SHAH
IBNI ALMARHUM SULTAN HAJI AHMAD SHAH AL-MUSTA’IN BILLAH TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
FROM 12 TO 14 JULY 2019
His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah will undertake a Special Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 12 to 14 July 2019. The Special Visit is at the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI will be accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah as well as senior Government and National Palace officials.
The Special Visit of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia symbolises the close and special bilateral relations between the two countries. The Special Visit will contribute towards strengthening the brotherly bonds between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
12 JULY 2019
OFFICIAL VISIT OF DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF WOMEN, FAMILY
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OF MALAYSIA
DATO’ SERI DR. WAN AZIZAH DR. WAN ISMAIL
TO PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
FROM 8 – 11 JULY 2019
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail, will undertake an Official Visit to Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 8 – 11 July 2019 at the invitation of Vice Premier of the State Council of the PRC, Madam Sun Chunlan. This will be Deputy Prime Minister’s first official visit to the PRC after assuming office in May 2018.
Deputy Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Marzuki Haji Yahya; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Mr. Sim Tze Tzin; Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan, Dato' Seri Haji Aminuddin Harun; and senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and National Agency for Disaster Management (NADMA).
In Beijing, Deputy Prime Minister will meet with Vice President, Wang Qishan and Vice Premier, Madam Sun Chunlan to discuss bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. In her capacity as Chair of National Disaster Council, Deputy Prime Minister will also meet with State Councillor, Wang Yong who is also in charge of National Disaster Management in PRC.
Deputy Prime Minister will visit the National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre and PRC Rehabilitation & Research Centre for Hearing & Speech Impairment for Children. She will also attend a Roundtable Meeting with Captains of Industry in PRC and a dinner with the Malaysian diaspora in the PRC.
The Official Visit by Deputy Prime Minister to PRC will serve as an impetus to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Malaysia and PRC. It will provide an opportunity for both countries to continue expanding the strategic cooperation especially in the fields of politics, trade and investment, women affairs, agriculture, education, disaster management as well as tourism and culture.
Malaysia and the PRC continue to maintain close and comprehensive bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations over four decades ago. The PRC remains as Malaysia’s top trading partner for ten consecutive years since 2009. Based on the statistics issued by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), the total trade between Malaysia and PRC in 2018 was recorded at RM313.81 billion (USD77.72 billion), which represents an increase of 8.1% from 2017.
7 July 2019
Joint Press Statement
Joint Diving Expedition between Malaysia and the Netherlands off the Coast of Tioman Island from 28 June - 7 July 2019
A team of underwater survey experts and researchers from the Netherlands and Malaysia conducted a joint expedition to the sites of two Royal Netherlands Navy World War II shipwrecks off Tioman Island from 28 June to 7 July 2019. The team from the Netherlands was led by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science), in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense (Royal Netherlands Navy) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Dutch Embassy in Kuala Lumpur).
On the Malaysian side the expedition was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Department of National Heritage, Ministry of Defence (the Royal Malaysian Navy), Ministry of Home Affairs (the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency), Ministry of Transport (Marine Department), and Prime Minister’s Department (the National Security Council).
The research team visited two of the four known wreck locations in Malaysian waters. These are sites of two Royal Netherlands Navy submarines that sank close to the Tioman Island during World War II. The submarines are the O-16, commanded by Anton Bussemaker, and the K-XVII, commanded by Henri Charles Besançon.
The initial findings of this expedition show that, regrettably, the wrecks of the submarines appear to have been salvaged. A report of the findings by the expedition will be released soon.
A commemoration ceremony was held during the expedition at the wreck sites in honour of those who lost their lives while serving onboard these submarines, 41 crew from the O-16 and 36 crew from the K-XVII.
Prior to the expedition, a Letter of Intent was signed by the Netherlands and Malaysia to officially execute the joint expedition and to explore future collaborations on a joint management plan of Dutch shipwrecks in Malaysian waters. The findings of the expedition and follow-up actions will be discussed between the Netherlands and Malaysia. Both sides will study the data collected during the expedition as well as other related data to find out what happened to the salvaged wrecks.
10 July 2019
WORKING VISIT OF
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA,
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH
6 – 8 JULY 2019
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah will undertake a Working Visit to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh from 6 to 8 July 2019. This will be his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming the post of Foreign Minister.
During the visit, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is scheduled to meet his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen. Both sides are expected to discuss a wide-ranging bilateral issues, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interests.
The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to pay a visit to the Malaysian Field Hospital and to several Rohingya refugees’ camps in Cox’s Bazar.
This visit will provide an opportunity to strengthen the existing warm and friendly relations between both countries. It will also further boost the bilateral cooperation as well as to reaffirm Malaysia’s continued support to the Government of Bangladesh in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees.
Malaysia and Bangladesh also have substantial trade and investment relations with a two way trade in 2018 valued at USD2.37 billion, a significant increase of 35.4% from USD1.75 billion in 2017. From January to April 2019, trade increased by 2.7% to USD793.1 million as compared to USD771.5 million for the same period in 2018. Among South Asian countries, Bangladesh is Malaysia’s 2nd largest trading partner.
6 July 2019