Agong grants audience to Turkey’s vice president in Ankara

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Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah with Turkish Vice President Fuad Oktay in Ankara on August 18, 2022. ― Bernama pic

Thursday, August 18, 2022 1:54 PM MYT

ANKARA, August 18 ― Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to Turkish Vice President Fouad Oktay at the JW Marriot Hotel in Ankara on the occasion of the visit of State of Her Majesty in Turkey.

Istana Negara Royal Household Comptroller Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement that the unscheduled hearing took place following His Majesty’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the welcoming ceremony state on Tuesday, August 16.

During the hour-long audience, several issues were discussed, including bilateral relations.

Ahmad Fadil said the hearing was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s visit to Turkey last month, where the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and Turkey was upgraded from “Famework for Strategic Cooperation” to “Comprehensive Strategic partnership”.

The downgrading of ties is linked to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in existing areas and the exploration of new areas, including food security, education, commodities, financial services, defence, oil and gas and renewable energy.

According to Ahmad Fadil, the issues raised during the hearing also took into account issues discussed during the Turkish Foreign Minister’s visit to Malaysia in early August.

Also present at the hearing were Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz; the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Amran Mohamed Zin; Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Fatih Donmez; Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Sahap Kavcioglu; Turkish Petroleum Managing Director Melih Han Bilgin and Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Emir Salim Yuksel.

This year marks the 58th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Turkey, established since 1964.

Malaysia and Turkey have signed 23 agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoU) since 1977 and trade relations between the two countries have grown since signing a free trade agreement (FTA) in 2014.

Turkey is Malaysia’s third-largest trading partner in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with total trade between the two countries registering RM16.96 billion last year. Exports amounted to RM14.12 billion while total imports amounted to RM2.84 billion.

Malaysia’s main imports from Turkey include iron and other metals, petroleum products, jewellery, textiles and clothing. — Bernama

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