Foreign ministers’ meeting to enhance bilateral relations, expand cooperation in new areas with Iran – Ministry

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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir is on his visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran from 20-23 Aug.2023 and is scheduled to meet his counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian and pay a courtesy call on other Iranian leaders.

The Ministry in its statement said, the visit reflects the commitment of the Unity Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim towards enhancing bilateral relations between Malaysia with all countries including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The foreign minister in his meeting with the Iran Foreign Affairs Minister, Hossein is scheduled to have a follow up on the discussion held on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on 5th July 2023.

“Both ministers are expected to take stock of the progress of existing bilateral cooperation and discuss ways to expand new areas of cooperation. Both foreign ministers are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the ministry said in its statement.

According to the statement, Zambry is also scheduled to hold a meeting with the local business leaders.

Meanwhile, Iran is Malaysia’s eight largest trading partner and the 11th largest source of imports among the West Asian countries. The total trade in 2022 was RM3.69 billion an increase of 40.2 percent compared to RM2.63 billion in 2021.

The statement added, this is the first visit of the foreign minister to Iran after taking office on 2nd December 2022. He is accompanied by senior government officials from the ministry and business delegations. – Malaysia World News

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