Berlin, 30 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Germany Außenministerin Annalena Baerbock met with Foreign Minister of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday. Both Ministers discussed the situation of Myanmar, climate neutrality, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Visit to Germany

From September 27 to October 2, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah will visit Germany as part of the Special Program to Promote Language and Cultural Diplomacy.

The program provided Minister with the chance to meet with his counterpart, participate in a roundtable discussion on “Peaceful Coexistence in the Post-Pandemic Era,” and attend seminars in Berlin and Frankfurt on “Social Cohesion: Moving Beyond the Frame of Conflict and Consensus”.

Minister Saifuddin met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday and Thursday on the first part of the trip to Berlin to evaluate the current situation of the two countries’ long-standing and diversified cooperation.

Additionally, this meeting provided the two Ministers with the chance to further discuss and exchange ideas on the concept of peaceful coexistence. Moreover, ideas on cultural collaboration, ASEAN cooperation, and interregional and global issues of shared concern were also discussed.

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Germany-Malaysia relations

Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Germany were established in 1957. Malaysia and Germany have had close economic connections for a long time. The massive Europe Union Chamber was established in 1991 and is called the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The political relations between Germany and Malaysia are close and friendly and are grounded principally on the two countries’ serious economic relations. Furthermore, Germany perceives Malaysia as an important companion in South East Asia and an important Islamic world representative.

For many years, Malaysia- besides Singapore has been Germany’s principal trading partner among the ASEAN countries. The ASEAN Parliamentary Group of the Bundestag and former Minister of Defense Mohamed bin Sabu’s attendance at the Munich Security Conference in February 2020 were among the most recent visits between Malaysia and Germany.

Furthermore, the high-level visits are supplemented by yearly political discussions between members of the individual foreign affairs ministries.