Saifuddin to meet Dutch counterpart on downing of MH17


Modified 27 Mar 2019, 1:18 pm

The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Netherlands will meet in Putrajaya tomorrow to discuss the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Netherlands Foreign Minister Stef Blok will undertake a one-day working visit to Malaysia tomorrow, where he is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Wisma Putra said today.

Apart from MH17, both foreign ministers are also expected discuss various issues of mutual interest including the Joint Exploratory Diving Mission, palm oil, Malaysia-European Union Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), Asean and Brexit, it said.

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"This visit is expected to further strengthen the bond of friendship and reflect the long-standing relations between Malaysia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” Wisma Putra said in a statement today.

The MH17 jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with the 298 onboard killed.

Wisma Putra said Malaysia and Netherlands also aimed to increase cooperation in new areas.

In 2018, the total bilateral trade and investments between Malaysia and the Netherlands were recorded at RM32.57 billion and RM8.4billion respectively. 

- Bernama

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