Najib meets Abe for bilateral meet ahead of 31st Asean Summit

14-Nov-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe met in a bilateral meeting here where they will be attending the 31st Asean Summit and related summits from tomorrow. Abe arrived at Najib’s hotel for the meeting where they are expected to discuss on various issues of mutual interest. Also present was International Trade and Industry minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Najib and Abe will also attend the 20th Asean-Japan summit onTuesday. This year marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan. During Najib’s visit to Japan last November, Abe had referred to his Malaysian counterpart as ‘familiar friend’. On his part, Najib described Abe as ‘my good friend’ during a joint-media conference. In the context of Southeast Asia, Japan is a key Asean dialogue partner. Tokyo has previously reiterated its commitment to jointly combat violence and cross-border crimes by which Asean leaders value Japan’s proactive aspiration in ensuring regional peace and stability. Asean and Japan had also worked together in addressing cybercrime through the Asean-Japan Cyber Crime Dialogue on May 28, 2014 in Singapore where the second edition was held in Malaysia last March.


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