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Japan will strengthen maritime security cooperation with Malaysia

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, second from right, talks to his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim, second from left, in the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday.

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press) – Meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Tokyo on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his willingness to strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation in view of hegemonist movements of China in the South China Sea.

In response, Anwar said he hopes to promote cooperation between the two countries in broad areas, including building Malaysia’s military capacity.

He made the comment in light of a bilateral agreement signed on the sidelines of the two leaders’ summit last December, which states that Japan will provide rescue boats and other equipment for monitoring and surveillance activities to the Malaysian under its official security assistance program forces will provide.

During the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, Kishida Anwar also talked about his plan to step up joint efforts between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur to decarbonize Southeast Asia.



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