1:48 pm - Saturday November 25, 2017

Malaysia stands with Asean partners in urging North Korea to stop its nuclear programme

ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

MO,14/11/2017, MANILA: Malaysia and other Asean countries have expressed their concerns over the escalating conflict in the Korean peninsula and urged North Korea to immediately stop its nuclear weapon programme indefinitely.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a statement today said, said Asean member countries also urged North Korea to go back to the negotiating table to ensure peace and stability in the region.

He said the matter was raised at the 19th Asean-Republic of Korea Summit yesterday, attended by all Asean leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Najib said during the meeting, leaders also touched on the need to expand the economic integration between Asean and South Korea after conclusion of the Free Trade agreement between the two parties.

“Leaders also stated their appreciation to South Korea for the establishment of the Asean Cultural House in Busan last September,” he said, adding that they also discussed other cooperation, among others, in the areas of socio-cultural and education.

On his bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Najib said the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore was among the issues discussed between them on Sunday, hours after their arrival here for the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits.

In the 30-minute meeting, Najib said he stressed to Abe that Malaysia would call for a tender for the project and consider the bids holistically before making the decision.

He said they also discussed on the cooperation in the area halal industry, adding that he also took the opportunity to thank Abe for the contribution of two vessels for Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Japan is pitching for the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to opt for the Shinkasen for the 350km-long HSR Link project that will cut travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes from about four hours now.

However, Japan is likely to face fierce competition from other contenders, including China, South Korea and European countries.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai had on Thursday said that plans were on track to call for a tender for the project by the end of this year.

–NSTP

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