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Japan to deepen cooperation in maritime security and trade with Malaysia

(Xinhua)

08:42, October 14, 2011

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Japan and Malaysia agreed to deepen their cooperation in maritime security and trade and investment in a meeting between Japanese foreign minister, Koichiro Gemba and his Malaysian counterpart, Anifah Aman at the latter's office on Thursday.

They have also exchanged views on North Korea, the United National Security Council reform, South China Sea, piracy in Somalia, climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the ministers said at a joint press conference after their meeting.

"We agreed to cooperate in ensuring the safety of maritime navigation in the Strait of Melaka," Gemba told the press.

Gemba is on a four-day visit to Southeast Asian countries including Singapore and Indonesia through Friday.

Anifah meanwhile assured Gemba that Malaysia would remain a "reliable friend and partner to Japan in the region and the world."

Both ministers also pledged to cooperate further to assist Palestine.

Gemba's visit in Malaysia came before the East Asia Summit to be held in Indonesia in November, where Japan plans to call for a multi-lateral negotiation framework in the Association of South East Asian Nation.

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