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Newsline: Ambassador warns Malaysians in Indonesia to avoid public areas

Malaysians residing in Indonesia are advised to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas, following a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta Wednesday night. Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, when contacted by Bernama, said the warning was addressed to Malaysians who were not only in Jakarta but also at other locations in the country. “We have also requested the cooperation of the Indonesian police to ensure no Malaysians were affected in the incident and so far no such report has been received, ” he said when referring to the incident which reportedly killed five people, including three policemen. Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers. Malaysian consulates in the neighbouring countries have been told to advise Malaysians to avoid public places or police guarded areas, said the Jakarta-based ambassador.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/05/25/msians-in-indonesia-advised-to-avoid-public-areas-ambassador/

Newsline: Malaysia to open embassy in Vatican

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman will officially open the Malay­sian Embassy in the Vatican during a visit to the Holy See. “The opening of the embassy marks an important milestone and will elevate relations between Malaysia and the Holy See to greater heights,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. During this inaugural visit, which begins on Tuesday (May 9), Anifah is scheduled to meet his counterpart, the Most Reverend Archbishop Paul Gallagher, and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Holy See were established on Jul 27, 2011, following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Vatican City.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-open-embassy-in-the-vatican-8829670

Newsline: Bahrain to set up embassy in Malaysia

Bahrain will set up an embassy in Malaysia to strengthen ties between the two countries. A Malaysia-Bahrain High Joint Commission co-chaired by the two nations’ foreign ministers will also be set up to serve as an umbrella framework for this bilateral cooperation. Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the historic state visit to Malaysia by the King of Bahrain, King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa, had taken the cordial relationship between both countries to a higher level and paved the way for a greater exchange of technical, scientific and technological expertise, as well as security and defence coordination.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/04/bahrain-to-set-up-embassy-here-manama-and-kl-seek-to-further-strengthen-bilateral-ties/

Newsline: Malaysia will not close embassy in North Korea

Malaysia will maintain diplomatic ties with North Korea and will not close its embassy in Pyongyang, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said Malaysia also hoped that Pyongyang would do likewise. “We have no desire to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea and we hope North Korea will do the same,” he said. Ahmad Zahid, who is also Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) chairman, told this to reporters after attending MCPF’s 24th annual-general meeting here today. The diplomatic tensions between Malaysia and North Korea in the last two months eased somewhat when nine Malaysians who were barred from leaving North Korea following the diplomatic row between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang, arrived safely home on Friday. The tension between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang was triggered following the killing of Kim Jong-nam, 46, the elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) here on Feb 13. Ahmad Zahid also explained that Malaysia did not made any trade-offs in saving the nine Malaysians in Pyongyang but it was based on the understanding achieved by both countries.

http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/04/02/malaysia-will-not-close-embassy-in-north-korea/

Newsline: North Koreans hiding in Malaysian embassy return to Pyongyang

Three North Koreans who spent weeks hiding in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur have left Malaysia, police said Friday. The trio had been wanted for questioning in connection with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam. Kim Jong Nam was murdered February 13 when two women wiped his face with the highly toxic VX nerve agent at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia blamed North Korea for his death, but Pyongyang has strongly denied any involvement. On Friday, Royal Malaysia Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters police took statements from the three men at the North Korean embassy before their departure. Though Bakar would not name the three that were interviewed, it was previously revealed that Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the embassy, and Kim Uk Il, an employee of North Korea’s national airline, were both hiding at the embassy.Ri Ji U, a 30-year-old North Korean whose employment was not disclosed by Malaysian police, was believed to be the third individual holed up there, a Malaysian government official told CNN. Bakar said the men’s freedom was not tied to an agreement which secured the release of nine Malaysians in Pyongyang and sent Kim Jong Nam’s body back to North Korea. When asked if they were cleared of wrongdoing, Bakar only stated the men were no longer needed for the investigation, which is ongoing. They had been wanted for questioning after being seen on security camera footage at the airport on the day of Kim’s death, he said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/31/asia/kim-jong-nam-malaysia-north-koreans/

Newsline: Malaysian police enter North Korean embassy

Malaysian police on Sunday entered the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in connection with last month’s murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, according to China Press, a Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper. Four police officers, including the investigating officer of the murder, the Selangor state police chief and Selangor prosecution team officer, entered the embassy in the morning and were there for two and a half hours, the China Press said, adding they were granted permission by the embassy to enter. The entry indicates that a preliminary agreement may have been reached on processing the body of Kim Jong-nam, and on the recording of statements of three suspected accomplices in the murder believed to be hiding in the embassy, according to the report. One of the three is Hyon Kwang-song, 44, the second secretary of the embassy. Malaysian officials indicated that talks with North Korea on thorny affairs plaguing bilateral relations following murder could wrap up “very soon.” The remarks follow reports Saturday that former North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Ri Tong-il has returned to the Malaysian capital.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1221650/malaysian-police-enter-nk-embassy-local-paper

Newsline: North Korean suspect in Jong-nam’s murder is son of ex-envoy to Vietnam

A North Korean suspect in the killing of Kim Jong-nam is reportedly the son of a former top North Korean envoy to Vietnam, and he allegedly lured a Vietnamese female suspect to join the plot to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. Ri Ji Hyon, 33, is the son of former North Korean ambassador to Hanoi, Ri Hong, and had lived in Vietnam for about 10 years, Yonhap news agency quoted sources as saying on Wednesday. Ji Hyon worked as a trainee diplomat at the North Korean embassy for more than one year and he also worked as an interpreter, according to the sources. Using his fluent Vietnamese, he lured Doan Thi Huong into the plot to kill Jong-nam while the latter was waiting to board a flight to Macau at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13, according to Yonhap. The Vietnamese woman and Indonesian Siti Aisyah allegedly smeared banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent on Jong-nam’s face. They have been charged with murder but they claim they were told that the act was a prank on a reality show. Ji Hyon is among four North Korean suspects who left Malaysia on the day Jong-nam was murdered and they are believed to have returned to Pyongyang. Interpol has issued a red notice to track down and arrest them.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/22/north-korean-suspect-in-jong-nams-murder-is-son-of-ex-envoy-to-vietnam-report/