Jakarta (ANTARA) - Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad bin Hasan met with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to discuss issues ranging from resolving the crisis in Myanmar to calls for a ceasefire in Palestine, which the two countries are backing.

"I am conveying a 'status report' on two issues, namely regional relations and also Malaysia-Indonesia relations with international communities. The regional issue is related to Myanmar, while the international communities will discuss Palestine," Hasan informed at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on Tuesday.

He said that his visit was also a courtesy call as Malaysia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. He officially took office in December 2023. Earlier, he served as Minister of Defense from 2022–2023.

During his meeting with President Widodo, Hasan said that a troika mechanism has been put in place to determine a solution to the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar.

The mechanism will involve the previous ASEAN chair (Indonesia), the current chair of the grouping (Laos), and next year's ASEAN chair (Malaysia) in devising a sustainable solution to the Myanmar conflict.

The troika mechanism is based on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, he added.

Further, the foreign minister emphasized that Malaysia and Indonesia will continue to call for a ceasefire in Palestine at all conferences at the global level.

"For us, this is a humanitarian issue. This is not a religious issue. Palestinians have the right to live and stay in their homeland," the minister said.

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi also joined the meeting between President Widodo and Minister Hasan.

"This is an introductory visit because Minister Hasan is relatively new as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served as the Malaysian Defense Minister. This is also not his first time being here," Marsudi informed.

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Translator: Mentari Dwi G, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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