Ankara, 8 July 2022 (TDI): The President of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob held a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.

Areas of cooperation and trade

President Erdoğan stated that they discussed their relations in different areas including the defense industry, technology, healthcare, trade, investment, education, and economy.

He said that upon the Prime Minister’s proposal, they have decided to elevate their relations from strategic partnership to the level of “comprehensive strategic partnership”.

The President of Turkiye also highlighted that the trade volume between Turkiye and Malaysia had surpassed 3.5 billion dollars last year. As well as increased by nearly 50 percent.

“The figures for the first six month of this year show that this steady increase continues. The current momentum shows that we will achieve our bilateral trade volume target of $5 billion, which we have set for 2024, in a short span of time,” President Erdoğan noted.

The Turkish President pointed out that by signing new agreements in different areas, the contractual basis of bilateral relations had been strengthened.

President Erdoğan further said, “We discussed current regional matters as well at our talks. In this sense, we addressed such issues as Rohingya and the animosity towards Islam, both of which closely concern the Islamic world. We underlined our determination to increasingly maintain our solidarity on such platforms as the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the D-8. As Türkiye we work through our Asia Anew initiative to strengthen our cooperation with all our brothers and sisters in Asia.”

Relations between Türkiye and Malaysia

Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1964 and the two countries enjoy a broad-based and close partnership.

Due to being members of the UN, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, and the D-8, the two countries share a common perspective. Specifically on a variety of regional and global issues.

Previously, on 10 January 2014, both nations declared the elevation of Türkiye-Malaysia’s relationship to the level of Strategic Partnership.

This has been a result of the progress achieved since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Together with the depth of political, economic, and cultural ties.