ANKARA JULY 7: Malaysia and Turkey are celebrating their 58 years of diplomatic relations and both countries have agreed to elevate the Strategic Cooperation Farmework launched in 2014 in Kuala Lumpur to the level of Comprehensive Strategic Sharing today.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the elevation in cooperation is timely as the scope had grown in various sectors including economy, education, food security, tourism, Islamic banking and defence industry.
Ismail said in education Malaysia has recognised the degrees from 208 universities in Turkey and this is much awaited by the children of Malaysian Family who had or are currently studying in the country.
“This development will elevate the two countries’ university research products internationally,” Ismail said in a Joint Statement with the President of Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his official visit to Turkiye from 5th to 8th July 2022.
In the Joint Statement the two leaders have also agreed to cooperate in ensuring the food supply networks are sufficient and stable.
“Among the immediate measure in tackling this issue is both Malaysia and Turkey will increase trade in food production and cooperate including experiences and information sharing.
“Both countries will also empower research and development (R&D) in food sector to increase capabilities in producing the sources of food and the sustainability of food security remains stable.
From investment perspectives, Ismal said, Malaysia’s main investment in Turkey includes in health sector, energy and as airport operator. Meanwhile the International Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport is managed by the Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) and this is the prove of a Malaysian company’s success in Turkiye.
The Prime Minister said, he and Erdogan had discussed to increase the imports of palm oil from Malaysia as Turkey is the hub of manufacturing palm oil base product for European and Middle East markets..
“Turkiye is now boosting the usage of biodiesel as fuel in transportation sector. For that matter, Malaysia had started its palm oil base biodiesel production. This is in line with the target to produce energy that is environment friendly.
President Erdogan and I have agreed that both Malaysia and Turkey form an Islamic digital banking to explore the big potentialities in this sector in Turkiye.
Ismail stressed that in his visit to Turkiye, he had met with several defence industry players and acknowleged that cooperation in the defence industry between the two countries should be elevated.
Meanwhile Malaysıa and Türkey share their continuous support on Palestine’s struggle. Malaysia appreciates the efforts and Turkey’s stand in defending the Palestinians.
“Both Malaysia –Turkiye and other like-minded countries will coordinate the efforts towards ending the Zionist Regime and to realize the independence and sovereignty of Palestine.
“Regarding the endless conflict in Ukraine, I appreciate President Erdogan’s efforts in finding ways towards peace and to end the conflict,” Ismail said.-Malaysia World News