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Saturday November 2, 2013 MYT 8:52:00 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said spying activities should not be conducted among friendly countries as it would affect existing ties.
In a statement, he said that he had conveyed this message in a meeting with Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Perth Friday on the sidelines of the 13th Ministers of Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meeting.
"The Foreign Minister took the opportunity to raise matters on recent media reports of alleged Australian spying activities in Malaysia.
"He expressed deep concern of such reports which have caused considerable anger amongst the Malaysian public.
"He further stated that such activities are not done amongst close friends as it could severely damage existing relations," the statement said.
In response to the Foreign Ministry statement, Bishop said that it is not the policy of the Australian government to comment on intelligence matters.
"However, the Minister (Bishop) accepted the concerns raised by Malaysia on the matter and assured that the Australian Government places high importance on the close bilateral relations with Malaysia," said the statement.
The Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the United States ambassador and the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia to hand over protest notes on their alleged spying activities in Kuala Lumpur.
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