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Malaysia, Indonesia to send palm oil mission to EU next week

Delegation to make case for small farmers in crosshairs of deforestation rule

Fadillah Yusof, center, and Airlangga Hartarto, right: The two will make Malaysia and Indonesia's case against Europe's anti-deforestation law on May 30-31. (Photo by Norman Goh)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and Indonesia are sending a "very crucial" mission to Brussels next week to argue against the European Union's new deforestation regulation, which will likely impact the Southeast Asian nations' agriculture sector.

Ministers from the countries, the world's biggest exporters of palm oil, have criticized the rule as harmful to small farmers.

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