go JAKARTA, June 27 (JDN.id) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is expected to visit Indonesia from June 28 to 29 as part of the first bilateral trip to Southeast Asian countries since he took office in May, the country’s foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday.
Mahathir will meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.
“The visit will provide a platform for the two leaders to further strengthen the bilateral relations and cooperation of both countries,” the ministry said in a statement.
Indonesia is Malaysia’s seventh largest trading partner globally with trade value between the two countries totalling in $16.89 billion in 2017, an increase of 22 percent from the previous year, according to the ministry.
“(The visit) would also allow Malaysia to highlight the government’s latest policies and its stand particularly on issues on mutual benefits,” the ministry said in the statement.
In several media interviews, Mahathir credits Jokowi for his leadership.