Volkswagen AG says it will meet with representatives of the Malaysian government within the next few weeks to discuss further steps toward gaining a position in Proton Holdings Bhd.

The Malaysian government said in June it would decide on a partner for the struggling national auto maker within three months. PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors Corp. also have been named as suitors.

Volkswagen says in a statement its objective is to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia.