Ministers to meet to discuss MH370

Media Release

DC077/2016

20 July 2016

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester will meet with counterparts from Malaysia and the People's Republic of China later this week to discuss the way forward in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Ministerial Tripartite Meeting will be held on Friday in the Malaysian federal administrative centre of Putrajaya. Malaysian Minister of Transport, Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai will host the meeting which will also be attended by the Minister of Transport from the People's Republic of China, Mr Yang Chuantang.

“I'm looking forward to meeting with our international partners in the search for MH370. The search has been unprecedented in both size and scale, conducted in some of the world's most isolated waters and at times in extremely challenging weather,” Mr Chester said.

“The meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on achievements to date and discuss next steps as we near completion of the 120,000 square kilometre search area.”

The Governments of Malaysia, Australia and the People's Republic of China agreed in April 2015 that should the aircraft not be located within the 120,000 square kilometre search area and in the absence of any new credible evidence the search area would not be extended.