The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Zambry Abdul Kadir, wrapped up his official visit to India, spanning from November 5 to 9, marking a pivotal moment in the bilateral relations between the two nations. During his visit, both sides undertook a comprehensive review of the progress made in various areas of cooperation, further solidifying their diplomatic ties.
Accompanied by senior officials from the Malaysian Government, Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir engaged in high-level discussions with Indian counterparts, focusing on political, defense, security, and maritime cooperation. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed in an official release that both nations expressed their commitment to enhancing the Strategic Partnership between India and Malaysia. They pledged to deepen their engagements in economic and defense sectors.
Additionally, the two nations explored opportunities in emerging areas such as digital public infrastructure, fintech, and semiconductors. The exchange of views extended to regional, multilateral, and geo-political issues of mutual interest, reinforcing their commitment to working together on global challenges.
On November 8, Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir held a meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, as part of the 6th Joint Commission Meeting. The meeting produced significant outcomes, with both sides reiterating their strong commitment to strengthening cooperation across all sectors.
Furthermore, the Malaysian Foreign Minister co-chaired the 6th India-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM). This comprehensive review encompassed various facets of bilateral cooperation, including politics, defense, security, maritime cooperation, trade and investment, health, energy, science and technology, culture, tourism, and people-to-people ties.
Prior to the JCM, Minister Kadir called on Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, highlighting Malaysia’s determination to expand its partnership with India, aiming to elevate their relations to new heights.
Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir also took the opportunity to meet with Heads of Mission accredited to Malaysia, who reside in New Delhi, representing countries such as Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Eritrea, Jamaica, Mali, Nigeria, and Paraguay. This move underscored Malaysia’s unwavering commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with these nations.
During these meetings, India and Malaysia exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Broadcasting between Prasar Bharti, India, and Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Malaysia. They also exchanged notes between Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service (SSIFS) and the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs (IDFR) on Cooperation in the Field of Training of Diplomats and Other Personnel. These agreements are expected to further promote collaboration and strengthen the ties between the two nations.