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MALAYSIA STRONGLY CONDEMNS
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S PLAN TO ANNEX PARTS OF THE WEST BANK
Malaysia strongly condemns the latest statement by Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirming the Israeli government’s plan to annex parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory of West Bank. The irresponsible statement will undermine any effort and chance for a lasting solution and peace in the Middle East.
The Israeli move clearly violates international law, the Geneva Conventions and United Nations resolutions, including those of the United Nations Security Council. This is indeed a dangerous development that deserves the utmost attention of the international community. The West Bank, including East Jerusalem is the internationally recognized Palestinian territory, which Israel has illegally occupied for many decades now.
Malaysia urges the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council to respond unequivocally to the latest blatant disrespect shown by Israel towards the international rule of law.
11 September 2019
OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE HONOURABLE DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
ON 9 – 13 SEPTEMBER 2019
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, The Honourable Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, will be undertaking an official visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 9 to 13 September 2019. The visit is in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-PRC diplomatic relations.
During the course of his first official visit to the PRC as the Foreign Minister, The Honourable Dato’ Saifuddin will have a series of programmes in Shenzhen, Nanning and Beijing. In Beijing the Foreign Minister will pay a courtesy call on the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Wang Qishan, and hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart His Excellency Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who undertook his official visit to Malaysia from 31 July to 1 August 2018. The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet with the former Foreign Minister and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, His Excellency Yang Jiechi.
The Foreign Minister will also be visiting the headquarters of Huawei Technologies and Tencent in Shenzhen, and the China–Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP) in Nanning, in addition to meeting with Guangxi provincial leaders. The CMQIP is the sister park of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP).
The official visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs will demonstrate Malaysia’s clear commitment to expanding and deepening further its already strong and comprehensive bilateral collaboration with the PRC. Both sides will take stock of the progress of the ongoing efforts and explore new initiatives, especially in the fields of trade, investment, infrastructure connectivity, as well as new advanced technologies. Both sides will also exchange views on current regional and international issues of common interest.
The People’s Republic of China has been Malaysia’s top trading partner for ten consecutive years since 2009. In 2018, the total trade between the two countries was recorded at RM313.81 billion (USD77.72 billion), representing 8.1% increase from 2017.
9 September 2019
 based on MATRADE statistics.
WORKING VISIT OF THE HONOURABLE SENATOR DATO’ HJ MARZUKI HJ YAHYA
DEPUTY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
TO JAKARTA, INDONESIA
9-10 SEPTEMBER 2019
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, The Honourable Senator Dato’ Hj. Marzuki Hj. Yahya, will undertake a working visit to Jakarta, Indonesia from 9 to 10 September 2019 to attend the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD).
The Conference will gather ministers, government officials, think tanks and academic fraternity from all ASEAN Member States, as well as Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China and Republic of Korea to deliberate and share best practices on usage of new media for effective diplomacy.
The Conference will provide opportunity to participating countries to look into new initiatives and methods in enhancing further the conduct of diplomacy, and in fostering regional cooperation in digital diplomacy.
The Honourable Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs will deliver Malaysia’s national statement to highlight the ongoing efforts by the Government of Malaysia in embracing digital technology and media in the conduct of Malaysia’s diplomacy.
The Conference is expected to adopt the Jakarta Message on Regional Cooperation in Digital Diplomacy, signifying voluntary commitment of all participating countries toward achieving an all-inclusive, prosperous and innovating societies.
8 September 2019
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
IN RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE PHILIPPINES (ON 4 SEPTEMBER 2019)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia unequivocally rejects the statement of His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, concerning the State of Sabah, Malaysia at the Budget Briefing of the Committee on Appropriation, on 4 September 2019.
Malaysia does not recognise and will never entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. The State of Sabah is an integral part of Malaysia. This fact has been duly recognized and accepted by the United Nations and the international community since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963. Therefore, any statements alluding to or insinuating the anachronistic claims will be rejected as unfriendly towards Malaysia.
Malaysia accords great importance and high value to its relations with the Republic of the Philippines, bilaterally and as partners in the ASEAN, as well as other regional and international organisations. The Malaysia-Philippines relationship that continues to expand and bring mutual benefits to the two countries and the respective peoples certainly does not deserve such unfriendly and harmful comments.
WORKING VISIT OF
YAB TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD,
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
ON 4-6 SEPTEMBER 2019
YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia will be undertaking a Working Visit to the Russian Federation from 4 to 6 September 2019, at the official invitation by His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to attend the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF 2019) in Vladivostok.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by YB Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs, YB Datuk Ignatius Darrel Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry, as well as senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
YAB Prime Minister will deliver a keynote address during the 2019 EEF Plenary Session alongside the President of the Russian Federation and the other leaders, who have been invited to the Forum.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the President of the Russian Federation in Malaysia’s efforts to further strengthen ties and cooperation with the Russian Federation.
The EEF is an annual international forum that has increasingly gained international attention. The Forum will discuss prospects for economic cooperation in line with the rapid economic growth in East Asia.
The visit to the Russian Federation will provide an opportunity for Malaysia to discuss and exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. It is also a great platform to attract new business opportunities, investments, and new partnerships especially in the field of science and technology, in line with the development of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).
4 September 2019