PUTRAJAYA DIS.8: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah will receive Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America on his inaugural visit to Malaysia from 14th to 15th December 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Secretary Blinken is scheduled to call on the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“Secretary Blinken’s visit will provide an excellent opportunity for Malaysia and the US to further strengthen the multifaceted cooperation and explore new joint initiatives.
“The ongoing active collaboration in areas such as trade and investment, digital and green economy, cyber-security, defence, health, tourism, education, and people-to-people ties has brought tremendous benefits to both sides.
“International and regional issues of common concerns will also be addressed during the visit,” the Ministry said in a statement here today.
The statement added, the US is one of Malaysia’s major trading partners and investors. In 2020, Malaysia-US trade was valued at RM178.18 billion, while the total amount of investments approved from the US in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia was valued at RM3.7 billion.
“The US-Malaysia Comprehensive Partnership continues to be an overarching framework for pro-active, multifaceted, and mutually beneficial collaboration between the two countries.
“The visit will be held in full compliance with the prevailing COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Malaysia,” the statement said. _ Malaysia World News