Foreign Minister of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah (R) and hís Japanese counterpart Taro Kono (Photo: EPA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Taro Kono paid a visit to Malaysia on July 10-11 at the invitation of his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah to discuss measures to strengthen bilateral relations. At the meeting, the ministers were pleased with the current state of bilateral relations and agreed to continue strengthening and fostering greater cooperation in many areas. The two sides discussed matters related to the rejuvenation and further enhancement of Malaysia’ Look East Policy which would benefit both countries, especially in the areas of education and human resources development. The ministers also discussed matters related to the regional developments. At the meeting, Saifuddin expressed his deepest condolences to Kono over the flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains in western Japan. The incident had caused the deaths of more than 170 people.