Malaysian PM Views Cooperation With India Vital in Fight Against Extremism

02 April, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Prime Minister Razak had visited India in January 2010 and again in December 2012 to attend the ASEAN India Commemorative Summit

This is Razak's third visit to India as Prime Minister.

"I deeply appreciate our continuous cooperation with Malaysian Government in our joint anti terrorism efforts", Modi said in a statement, before referring to Razak.

"We live in times and in a region, where both conventional and non-conventional security threats are constantly on the rise", Modi said while jointly addressing the media with Malaysian Prime Najib Razak following delegation-level talks between the two sides.

Indian firms have moved to Malaysia in a big way, making it a base to do business with other Asean countries.

India is now Malaysia's tenth-largest trading partner, seventh-largest export destination and 12th-largest source of imports. Various issues, including terrorism, are expected to come up during the talks.

He said Razak's leadership in countering radicalisation and terrorism is inspiring to the entire region. Much like what we said, the two met briefly at the superstar's residence at Poes Garden, Chennai.

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He also said, economic and trade relations between Malaysia and India had grown from strength to strength, and increased more than four-fold from 2003 to 2015, boosted by healthy, close political and business exchanges at the highest level.

According to a statement released by the Communications and Public Diplomacy Division of the Foreign Ministry yesterday, the visit would provide opportunities for both Malaysia and India to exchange views on a range of bilateral, regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest. Malaysia would like to achieve target of United States $15 billion bilateral trade by 2020.

"Many ideas were exchanged during our roundtable session, and many (of them) also expressed interest in investing in Malaysia".

Speaking from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, PM Modi said the two countries have built a thriving economic partnership.

"Malaysia and India share common interests, as we aim for regional stability and prosperity".

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