The two leaders agreed to push for a bilateral FTA to create an institutional framework that will help further expand the bilateral trade and investment ties, and to try to declare the conclusion of negotiations at the special RoK-ASEAN summit at the end of the year by moving forward their negotiations with speed, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
Following the summit, Moon and Mahathir witnessed the signing of four new memoranda of understanding on cooperation which call for increased collaboration in the manufacturing industry and the transportation sector, as well as cooperation in developing new smart cities and halal-certified hallyu products.
Bilateral trade between the RoK and Malaysia is also on the steady rise, increasing by 14.9 percent to US$19.2 billion last year from $16.7 billion the year before, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
Malaysia is the second stopover in Moon’s tour of three Southeast Asia countries. Earlier, the Korean President visited Brunei and is scheduled to make a trip to Cambodia later.-