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Enhanced Malaysia-Saudi relations

  • Following the visit by King Salman, relations between the two countries are poised to be further strengthened. Quoting the King, Najib said the two countries were currently enjoying the "highest ever or best ever relations". Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

Sin Chew Daily

Saudi King Salman began his 4-day official visit to Malaysia on Sunday, and his visit is set to push the Malaysia-Saudi relations to a new height while deepening cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas.

King Salman is visiting the country until March 1 on the invitation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Muhammad V. This is his first visit to Malaysia since his ascension to the throne in 2015, and Malaysia is the first Southeast Asian country he visits. This shows the exceptional relationship between our two countries and how much Saudi Arabia appreciates Malaysia.

We have been maintaining a very close relationship with Saudi for many years, and the two countries have been working very closely in areas like politics, economy, defense and hajj affairs. Thanks to the great effort from both sides, Malaysia-Saudi relations have gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Where bilateral trade is concerned, Saudi Arabia is the Malaysia's second largest trading partner in the Middle East, with bilateral trade on a steady uptrend in recent years, growing a whopping 19.8% in 2016 alone to RM13.12 billion. The increasingly thriving bilateral trade and commercial exchanges will further stimulate the economic development of both countries.

During his visit, King Salman will also discuss the progress of bilateral cooperation with prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and explore further areas of cooperation. At the same time, the two countries will also sign a series of MOUs that will include, among others, the deal between Petronas and Saudi Aramco. The agreements signed and new areas of cooperation will further entrench bilateral cooperation in establishing a win-win situation for both countries.

The cordial relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia do not stop just at the government level or commercial sector, but is also reflected in people-to-people interactions. Statistics show that the number of Saudis visiting Malaysia topped 100,000 last year, a historical high.

Following the visit by King Salman, relations between the two countries are poised to be further strengthened. Quoting the King, Najib said the two countries were currently enjoying the "highest ever or best ever relations".

The two countries will continue to maintain such exceptional relations and explore more comprehensive cooperation upon the basis of mutual trust in creating greater opportunities for the continued prosperity and development of both countries.

 

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