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WORKING VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN
15 DECEMBER 2017
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman undertook a working visit to Luxembourg on 15 December 2017. During his visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, Hon. Jean Asselborn which was followed by a bilateral meeting.
Both Ministers were pleased with the current state of bilateral relations and agreed to strengthen and foster greater cooperation in many areas including trade, investment, Islamic finance and banking. Both Ministers agreed to the possibility of establishing a Joint Business Council of Malaysia-Luxembourg.
The Foreign Minister conveyed Malaysia’s appreciation for Luxembourg’s support towards Malaysia’s success in tabling the Moderation resolution at the 72nd United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA). The Foreign Minister also thanked Luxembourg for supporting Malaysia’s candidature to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the term 2018-2019.
The courtesy call provided the opportunity for both sides to share and exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Among the topics discussed were the Malaysia-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement (MEUPCA), Malaysia-EU Free Trade Agreement (MEUFTA) as well as possible cooperation in the area of green finance. Through the Luxembourg’s Green Finance, Foreign Minister Asselborn is keen in assisting Malaysia in terms of sharing of knowledge regarding sustainable development as well as to provide a platform for the promotion of sustainable palm oil. A group of CEOs led by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) will be undertaking a working visit to Malaysia for this purpose from 3 to 4 January 2018.
Both sides also discussed in depth on regional situations mainly on the situation in the Middle East with a particular focus on the status of the Jerusalem, and the humanitarian crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minorities.
Both Foreign Ministers shared similar concerns over the decision of the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Foreign Minister expressed the views of the Government of Malaysia that the US’s decision has inflamed Muslims sentiments and does not contribute towards the security and stability of the region. The Foreign Minister also hoped the US can make a helpful contribution by firstly rescinding its decision and secondly shouldering its responsibility in helping to achieve a comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution. In light of the recently held Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which was held in Istanbul on 13 December 2017, the Foreign Minister had shared the outcome whereby the OIC Member States including Malaysia had declared the East of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.
Both Ministers recognised the complexity of the situation in Rakhine and urged the Government of Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan’s advisory committee’s recommendations expeditiously in addressing the root causes and the urgent humanitarian situation of the Rohingyas. The Foreign Minister also briefed Foreign Minister Asselborn on Malaysia’s role in addressing the root causes of humanitarian situation of the Rohingyas as well as providing humanitarian assistance, both bilaterally and at the international fora such as ASEAN and OIC.
Both Ministers also exchanged views on regional developments such as continuous collaboration between ASEAN and EU on areas of common interest, developments of the BREXIT negotiations, the situation in Korean Peninsula, refugees and migration.
The working visit has contributed towards greater understanding and appreciation of each other’s stance and perspectives on various matters. The working visit also provided impetus to the bilateral relations of both countries as 2017 marks the 60th years anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Luxembourg.
16 December 2017