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Malaysia To Consider Thein Sein’s Request For More Flights To Myanmar

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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has agreed to consider Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s request for additional flights from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon and Mandalay.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Najib has agreed to seriously look into the request and ask Malaysian Airlines or AirAsia to look at the possibility.

However, he said, it was a business decision to be made by the airlines.

“Currently, AirAsia only flies up to Yangon. They (Thein and Najib) are talking about flying from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon and Mandalay, where the airline also can pick up passengers from Yangon to Mandalay,” he told reporters after the delegation meeting attended by both leaders and several ministers here Friday.

Anifah said the meeting also discussed ways to increase bilateral trade between both countries.

“The Myanmar government has offered Petroliam Nasional Bhd to further its exploration in the oil field while on labour, we will be signing the memorandum of understanding between two parties of which both foreign ministers will be working on that.

“We will also be having the joint commission meeting, which has been established last year, and will discuss all other issues, sometime in June (2015),” he said.

Myanmar is Malaysia’s 38th largest trading partner globally and 7th largest trading partner among ASEAN member countries, with total trade between the two countries recorded at RM3.18 billion (US$972.1 million) last year.

Thien is on the two-day working visit to Malaysia, beginning Thursday, at the invitation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

He is accompanied by his wife, Daw Khin Khin Win, Cabinet ministers and government officials. – Bernama

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