Malaysia hopes for improved North-South Korea ties, says Dr Mahathir


– Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia hopes to see improved ties between South Korea and its neighbour North Korea as well as peace and stability in that region, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Speaking to the media after a bilateral meeting with visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Prime Minister said the issue was among the matters they discussed.

“We hope the relationship between South and North Korea will improve over the years and we hope an agreement will be reached between the United States and North Korea on disarmament.

“We then expect to see peace and stability in this part of the world,” he said on Wednesday (March 13).

Dr Mahathir added that the discussions also focused on halal products and the prospect of sending more students to the country to study engineering and IT.

He Mahathir said both countries want to explore cooperation in industrialisation and the halal food industry.

“(South) Korea wants to comply with the needs of Muslim travellers and also to ensure that its products meet halal conditions.

“As part of our continued ‘Look East’ policy, Malaysia wishes to continue sending students to South Korea especially to study engineering and IT and new technologies so that we can follow their development,” he said.

Moon is on a three-day visit to Malaysia and will leave on Thursday (March 14).

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