MALAYSIA WANTS PHILIPPINES TO OPEN CONSULATE IN SABAH

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has reiterated the need for the

Philippines to open a consulate-general in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, to provide

consular services to the Filipinos in Sabah.

Wisma Putra said in a statement here today that the matter was raised during

the Seventh Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Manila today and co-chaired by

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Albert

F. Del Rosario.

Both governments had agreed during the Second Malaysia-Philippines JCM in

1995 on opening a Philippine consulate-general in Kota Kinabalu and Malaysian

consulate-general in Davao City.

The Malaysian Consulate-General in Davao City was opened on Dec 7, 1995.

Wisma Putra said the Manila meeting created a good momentum for progressive

and productive bilateral cooperation, whereby the two ministers exchanged views

on the way forward to further strengthen their collaboration in various areas.

"Among the areas are political and security, trade and investment,

agriculture, tourism, education, health, information and communication, culture,

air services and consular matters," it said.

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MALAYSIA-PHILIPPINES 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR

In this context, the two delegations agreed to expedite the finalisation of

several pending bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding.

"In order to build on the recent upward trend of bilateral trade and

investment between the two countries, the ministers agreed that both sides would

map out practical and achievable targets to further enhance cooperation in

these two areas.

"This is in addition to practical steps that will be taken to strengthen

sectoral cooperation, and the two ministers agreed to revitalise and streamline

the JCM and its mechanisms," it said.

Wisma Putra also said that Manila was appreciative of the various forms of

technical assistance that Malaysia had been providing to the Philippines, while

also acknowledging its important contribution to the peace process between the

Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Malaysia is scheduled to host the next JCM in 2013.

-- BERNAMA

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