Dhaka, 21 July 2022: Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, on Wednesday

At the meeting, the Malaysian Prime Minister reiterated Malaysia’s readiness to strengthen cooperation in various fields with Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Yaakob underscored that bilateral cooperation encompasses trade and investment, the digital economy, human resources, and employment.

Both states also discussed and agreed on the manpower recruitment problem from Bangladesh, which needs an immediate solution.

Malaysia and Bangladesh will strengthen cooperation in various fields in conjunction with the 50th-anniversary celebration this year of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Bangladesh-Malaysia Diplomatic Ties

Malaysia recognized Bangladesh on 31 January 1972. Since establishing diplomatic ties, both countries have come a long way in consolidating their bilateral relationship.

The locations of Bangladesh and Malaysia in South and Southeast Asia, respectively, have brought these two countries closer.

Mutual respect, fraternity, and cooperation, particularly in development activities, are increasing with time.

The two countries have exchanged several visits at the highest political, ministerial and official level that has substantially contributed to the promotion of friendship, mutual understanding, and cooperation.

The commitment of the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Malaysia is the hope of bilateral cooperation towards beneficial partnership and elevation of the current relations to greater heights.

Foreign Office Consultations 

Bangladesh and Malaysia held their first ever Foreign Office Consultation in May 2017. On 28 February 2018, the 2nd Foreign Office Consultation took place.

Issues about bilateral trade, investment, manpower, consular, and the Rohingya crisis were discussed.

The bilateral relationship between two states is diverse, with active and cooperative relations across various sectors.

The sectors include trade and investment, manpower, education, aviation, tourism, sports, defense, science and technology, narcotics control, human trafficking, and newly emerging areas such as electronic commerce.