March 14, 2019
President Moon Jae-in and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on March 13 pledged to reach a bilateral free trade agreement and conclude negotiations toward that goal by year’s end.
In a joint news conference at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, both leaders said they also discussed boosting cooperation in future vehicles, information technology (IT), smart industries, medicine and the halal market.
President Moon said in his opening statement, "I look forward to the success of Malaysia's Look East Policy and our New Southern Policy, two initiatives that will bring peace and prosperity to the citizens of our global community. Next year will mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries, and I hope to elevate our relations to the level of a strategic partnership on this occasion."