Malaysian PM arrives in Ankara to strengthen relations

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ISTANBUL

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Wednesday as part of a four-day trip to Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will receive the prime minister Thursday at the presidential palace for meetings.

This is Sabri’s first visit to Turkey as the Southeast Asian nation’s chief executive.

“This visit underscores the great importance that Malaysia attaches to its relations and partnership with Turkey,” according to the Malaysian Foreign Ministry.

He indicated that the two parties will deliberate on collaboration, including in the areas of post-coronavirus pandemic recovery; defense and aerospace industry and joint efforts to address regional and international issues of common concern.

Sabri arrived in Türkiye on Tuesday and spent the day in Istanbul where he met with the Malaysian community and Turkish businesses and inspected Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, owned and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.

The Turkish and Malaysian sides are expected to explore opportunities for commodity trading as part of their aim to strengthen economic ties.

Trade between the two countries exceeded $4 billion in the last fiscal year. Turkey is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner in the Middle East region.

The two sides are expected to enter into several memorandums of understanding in the areas of education, health, media and communications, healthcare and business-to-business collaboration, according to the ministry.

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