Malaysia, South Korea discuss cooperation to strengthen relations

KUALA LUMPUR: Top diplomats of Malaysia and South Korea said they will work together to strengthen the close relations between the two countries.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his South Korean counterpart Park Jin had expressed their commitment on the matter during a phone conversation on Friday.

"Both sides exchanged views on Malaysia-South Korea bilateral matters and discussed various regional and international issues of mutual interest.

"The two FMs expressed their commitment to work together to strengthen the close relations between the two countries," the ministry tweeted.

Meanwhile, Yonhap news agency reported South Korea's Foreign Ministry as saying that the consultation also included strengthening ties in the areas of defence industry and infrastructure.

It said Park lauded the two countries' past cooperation in various areas since establishing diplomatic ties in 1960.

Park also explained South Korea's recently announced Indo-Pacific strategy and the country's vision to strengthen ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, according to Yonhap.

The two sides shared the view that North Korea's ballistic missile launches needed to be dealt with using the international community's unified and resolute response.-- BERNAMA

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