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Malaysia, Australia to seal deal on MH370 search

The Malaysian and Australian governments will sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their collaboration in the search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 aircraft which vanished on March 8.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian and Australian governments will sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their collaboration in the search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 aircraft which vanished on March 8.

Malaysia's Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that from Monday (Aug 25), he would be in Australia to attend a series of meetings, followed by a tripartite meeting with Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, and also his counterpart from China.

Datuk Seri Liow reiterated in a statement on Sunday the Malaysian government's promise to continue the search for Flight MH370, which disappeared from radar in the early
hours of March 8 while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

"As we work tirelessly for families of victims who were on board (MAS) Flight MH17 (which was believed to have been shot down in Ukraine on July 17), I would also like to reassure the next-of-kin of MH370 passengers (and crew) that we have maintained our resolve to continue with the search for the aircraft. To reiterate, MH370 remains a top priority for us and the government of Malaysia to continue with the search," he said.

The flight path of the Boeing 777-200ER plane with 239 people on board is believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean - the current focus of search efforts - after similar operations in the South China Sea and Andaman Sea drew a nil.

Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Liow once again offered his deepest sympathies and condolences to the next-of-kin of MAS Flight MH17 victims. The remains of a total of 23 out of 43 Malaysian victims have been repatriated from the Netherlands so far, with the third batch expected to arrive home on August 30.

Flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.