TURKEY JUNE 20: The Republic of Turkey welcomed Malaysia’s suggestion to increase import of more palm oil products including palm oil biodiesel besides remaining as one of the largest importers of palm oil and palm oil based products.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, in terms of bilateral trade and investment, both he and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu had discussed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) established in 2014 between both countries and welcomed the ongoing efforts to expand the FTA to include e-commerce, services and investment.
“On COVID-19 cooperation, Malaysia and Turkey agreed to collaborate to promote post-pandemic recovery which will include vaccine development and mutual recognition of vaccination certificates. This is crucial to reviving tourism, business and education travel between both countries,” he said in a statement here today.
Hishammuddin added, both Malaysia and Turkey also agreed to convene the first Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) during Minister Cavusoglu’s upcoming visit to Malaysia.
Earlier the Malaysian Foreign Minister said on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, he had bilateral meetings with Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey and Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, in the bilateral meeting Hishammuddin had with Minister Qureshi they recalled the historic elevation of Malaysia-Pakistan relations to the level of Strategic Partnership in 2019 and reaffirmed the strong and enduring bonds between the two countries.
“Our bilateral ties are substantial and multi-faceted, covering economy, trade, defence, education and science and technological fields.
“As Muslim nations we spoke on joint efforts to counter Islamophobia and called for stronger action between both countries to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence,” Hishammuddin said.
Hishammuddin also highlighted on Palestine where both countries will continue to undertake efforts in support of the Palestinians. Both countries called the Muslim Ummah to be in solidarity with Palestine.
“We also agreed that stronger support is needed to end the illegal occupation. Both Malaysia and Pakistan further agreed that the international community should pursue all legal, political, diplomatic and economic channels to create the necessary conditions for peace in the region,” Hishammuddin reiterated.
Hishammuddin added, he will be on his working visit to Cairo, Egypt to pay a courtesy call on the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and hold a bilateral meeting with Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. –Malaysia World News