Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Indonesia to forge bilateral ties

Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Indonesia to forge bilateral ties

Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin. (ANTARA Foto/Agus (1))

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s planned visit to Indonesia will forge bilateral relations and partnership between the two neighboring countries, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Muhyiddin is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia on Thursday for a two-day visit, the ministry said in a written statement released on Wednesday.

This will be Muhyiddin's first overseas visit since he took over as the Malaysian prime minister in March, 2020.

During the meeting with Yassin, the Indonesian government is expected to raise a wide range of bilateral issues, including protection of Indonesian migrant workers employed in Malaysia, economic and trade cooperation, borders, and travel corridor arrangement.

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The foreign ministers of the two countries have held a bilateral meeting to prepare for the Malaysian PM's visit to Indonesia.

Malaysia is an important partner for Indonesia in various sectors, including trade, investment, tourism, and socio-cultural sectors.

Malaysia is Indonesia's fifth largest trade partner, with bilateral trade reaching US$16.5 billion in 2019, and the sixth biggest investor in Indonesia, with a total investment of US$1.35 billion in 2019.

Malaysia was also the biggest source of foreign visitors in 2019, with 2.98 million Malaysian tourists arriving in Indonesia during the year.

During their upcoming meeting, the leaders of the two countries will also discuss regional and global issues of mutual concern, including stepping up cooperation to counter the negative campaign against palm oil.

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