PUTRAJAYA: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir’s visit to the Republic of Iran from 20-23th Aug.2023 was aimed among others to spread the marketing access of export commodities and manufactured products to Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The Minister said, the strategic position of Iran that shares the border with 15 other countries has the potential to be the main hub for the national export commodities specifically oil palm product that makes 70 percent of the total Malaysian trade with Iran.
“I have also touched on the food security where Iran is an exemplary country that is able to remain strong in ensuring their food supplies are consistently at the optimum level,” Zambry said in a statement.
In his meeting with the President of Repubic of Iran, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, Zambry said the president had a conversation via telephone with Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He said, the President of Iran has accepted Malaysia’s move to increase the bilateral relations between the two countries. Being two influential Islamic countries, Malaysia and Iran have the potentials to play significant roles to address global issues that will give impact to the Muslims especially on Islamophobia issue.
“Both the leaders have extended official invitations to visit their respective countries,” Zambry said.
The visit has also achieved amongst others to spread the potential of bilateral cooperations in various fields that will be discussed in details in the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) and Joint Economic Commission (JEC).
“The meeting has also explored the new cooperation opportunities in science and technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical equipments and research related to vaccine development.
“The visit has also touched on the cooperation in the food security especially in the research activities and halal industry; to explore the air communication network that is more practical and efficient between the two countries and expanding the tourism sector and people to people exchange.
“Increasing cooperation in education via the exchange of teachers, researchers and students in various fields have also been discussed,” Zambry said.
According to Zambry in the four day visit to Iran he had also met the Speaker of Iran Parliament, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian; Ministerr of Information,Communication and Technology (ICT); Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade, Minister of Science, Research and Technology and Minister of Jihad Agriculture, Republic of Iran.
He added, the visit was the manifestation of active diplomacy policy that had been introduced by the Prime Minister and this visit was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ visit to Iran after seven years (2016). –Malaysia World News