Korea, Malaysia Agree to Fight Climate Change
By Na Jeong-ju
SEOGWIPO, Jeju Island -- South Korea and Malaysia agreed Tuesday to work together to establish a regional body on forestation to deal with global warming and pollution.
The agreement came at a summit between President Lee Myung-bak and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mohd Najib bin Haji Tun Abdul Razak on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Korea Summit here.
Earlier in the day at the second session of the summit, Lee proposed the creation of the body, tentatively named the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFCO), to tackle climate change.
“The leaders agreed to exert increased efforts to establish the AFCO mandated to deal with climate change,” Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.
The two countries also agreed to strengthen cooperation in rooting out pirates in the Strait of Malacca, a growing headache for Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
President Lee asked Prime Minister Najib to allow more South Korean firms to participate in Malaysia’s state-run projects. Najib responded by saying that he would review the possibility, according to the presidential office.
Lee also held a summit with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to discuss ways to expand economic cooperation and cultural exchanges.
The two leaders concurred that Korea and Myanmar should work closely together to increase bilateral trade and investment.
The prime minister said Korea has become a familiar nation among the people of his country thanks to the popularity of Korean pop culture.
In response, President Lee stressed the importance of cultural interaction and people-to-people exchanges.