Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad Scheduled to Visit Jakarta This Week

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to visit Indonesia on Thursday (28/06), according to a statement issued by that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Reuters Photo)

By : Sheany | on 2:17 PM June 28, 2018
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to visit Indonesia on Thursday (28/06), according to a statement issued by that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During his two-day visit, Mahathir will have meetings with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the Malaysian expatriate community in Jakarta.

"The visit will provide a platform for the two leaders to further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries," the statement said.

It added that Malaysia will use the meeting to share its latest policies, discuss matters of mutual benefit and exchange views on regional and global issues.

Indonesia and Malaysia are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Bilateral trade between the two neighbors increased 20 percent to more than $17 billion last year, according to Trade Ministry data.

During a meeting between Jokowi and Mahathir's predecessor, Najib Razak, in November last year, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to unite against negative campaigns on palm oil production that stemmed from a resolution adopted by the European Parliament.

The two countries are the world's top palm oil producers, accounting for around 85 percent of global output.

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