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Some parties have made unfriendly comments in various social media platforms and channels to the extent of doubting the fact and the truth spoken by our Prime Minister, the Honourable Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in his recent responses to media enquiries about Dr Zakir Naik. Not only are those comments cynical and misleading, they are also far from the truth. Those comments are, therefore, uncalled for.
The Honourable Prime Minister was simply and truthfully stating the matter-of-fact about what transpired during his meeting with the Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Narendra Modi, on 5 September 2019 in Vladivostok, the Russian Federation.
I can certainly vouch for this truth since I was personally present in that meeting between the two Leaders. Noticeably, my counterpart the Minister of External Affairs of India was not.
I strongly urge those parties to not speculate and make baseless allegations. Malaysia and India have strong and comprehensive relations for more than six decades. These strong multifaceted ties have been mutually benefiting the peoples of the two countries.
Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah
PUTRAJAYA 20 September 2019
DRONE ATTACKS ON ARAMCO OIL FACILITIES
Malaysia condemns the drone attacks against two Aramco oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 14 September 2019.
Malaysia believes that it is imperative for all parties concerned to avoid any actions that are detrimental to maintaining peace and stability in the region, and calls for an amicable solution to the ongoing conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.
17 September 2019
LAWATAN KHAS YAB TIMBALAN PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA KE JAKARTA, INDONESIA BAGI MENGHADIRI UPACARA PENGEBUMIAN MANTAN PRESIDEN INDONESIA,
YANG MULIA B.J. HABIBIE
12 SEPTEMBER 2019
YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia akan mengetuai delegasi Malaysia ke Jakarta bagi menghadiri upacara pengebumian Yang Mulia B.J. Habibie, mantan Presiden Republik Indonesia. YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri akan diiringi oleh YB Datuk Sri Shamsul Iskandar bin Hj. Mohd Akin, Timbalan Menteri Industri Utama serta pegawai dari Pejabat Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Kementerian Luar Negeri.
YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri akan menziarahi keluarga dan memberikan penghormatan terakhir kepada Allahyarham Yang Mulia B.J. Habibie di Kuningan Timur. YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri akan turut menghadiri upacara pengebumian Allahyarham di Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata di Jakarta Selatan.
Allahyarham Yang Mulia B.J. Habibie merupakan Presiden Indonesia yang ke-3 telah menghembuskan nafas terakhir pada 11 September 2019 di Jakarta Pusat. Pemergian Allahyarham Yang Mulia B.J. Habibie yang merupakan seorang negarawan Indonesia, adalah satu kehilangan besar bukan sahaja bagi negara tersebut malah bagi seluruh rantau Asia Tenggara.
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.