US SECT OF STATE TILLERSON MEETS MALAYSIAN DPM ZAHID

KUALA LUMPUR(NNN-CNA) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday (Aug 9).

This was Mr Tillerson’s last diplomatic meeting in Asia before flying back to the United States.

At the meeting, Tillerson and Zahid discussed and exchanged views on “security developments and two-way cooperation between Malaysia and the US, as well as regional and international matters of mutual importance”, according to a statement issued by the deputy prime minister’s office.

On Tuesday night, Tillerson met with Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman at the Malaysian parliament.

Aside from discussions on countering violent extremism and regional security, the US is expected to have sought assistance from Malaysia in its efforts to crackdown on any clandestine activities by North Korea (DPRK).

Malaysia has had its own tense relationship with Pyongyang following the murder of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February. The incident led to a diplomatic row involving North Korea not allowing Malaysian citizens to leave its borders and vice versa.

The meetings with Malaysia also took place months after the US Department of Justice made a second filing to recover more assets allegedly bought with funds misappropriated from state investment fund 1MDB. It is not known if this was brought up during discussions

BERNAMA, the Malaysian national news agency reported that Tillerson, who was appointed Secretary of State on Feb 1, is the first senior official of the Trump administration to visit Malaysia.

“The visit will provide the opportunity for both Malaysia and the United States to discuss and exchange views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the Foreign Mininistry said in a statement.

Malaysia and the United States enjoy excellent relations with substantial collaboration and cooperation in many areas.

For the period of January to May 2017, total bilateral trade grew 23.3 per cent to RM68.2 billion (US$15.4 billion) compared to RM55.3 billion (US$13.5 billion) during the corresponding period in 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

US SECT OF STATE TILLERSON MEETS MALAYSIAN DPM ZAHID

KUALA LUMPUR(NNN-CNA) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday (Aug 9).

This was Mr Tillerson’s last diplomatic meeting in Asia before flying back to the United States.

At the meeting, Tillerson and Zahid discussed and exchanged views on “security developments and two-way cooperation between Malaysia and the US, as well as regional and international matters of mutual importance”, according to a statement issued by the deputy prime minister’s office.

On Tuesday night, Tillerson met with Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman at the Malaysian parliament.

Aside from discussions on countering violent extremism and regional security, the US is expected to have sought assistance from Malaysia in its efforts to crackdown on any clandestine activities by North Korea (DPRK).

Malaysia has had its own tense relationship with Pyongyang following the murder of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February. The incident led to a diplomatic row involving North Korea not allowing Malaysian citizens to leave its borders and vice versa.

The meetings with Malaysia also took place months after the US Department of Justice made a second filing to recover more assets allegedly bought with funds misappropriated from state investment fund 1MDB. It is not known if this was brought up during discussions

BERNAMA, the Malaysian national news agency reported that Tillerson, who was appointed Secretary of State on Feb 1, is the first senior official of the Trump administration to visit Malaysia.

“The visit will provide the opportunity for both Malaysia and the United States to discuss and exchange views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the Foreign Mininistry said in a statement.

Malaysia and the United States enjoy excellent relations with substantial collaboration and cooperation in many areas.

For the period of January to May 2017, total bilateral trade grew 23.3 per cent to RM68.2 billion (US$15.4 billion) compared to RM55.3 billion (US$13.5 billion) during the corresponding period in 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK