Erdogan: Turkey determined to further deepen ties with Malaysia

Turkey is determined to further deepen its bilateral relations with Malaysia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

“We advanced our bilateral relations from the level of a strategic partnership to the comprehensive strategic partnership,” Erdogan said at a joint news conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob following their meeting in the capital Ankara.

Erdogan said, “We comprehensively discussed our relations in various fields such as economy, investments, and trade, as well as the defense industry, technology, health, education, and communication.”

“We plan to carry out joint studies on the launch of our domestic vaccine TURKOVAC in Malaysia, vaccine technology transfer and joint development of vaccines,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish president said that global issues were also discussed in the meeting. “We also discussed issues, including Rohingya crisis and Islamophobia, which are closely related to the Islamic world,” he added.

The duo also expressed their determination to increasingly continue their solidarity on international forums, including the UN, Islamic Cooperation Organization, and D-8, Erdogan underlined.

For his part, Ismail said Malaysia and Turkey are in the final stage of expanding the scope of their free trade agreement.

Ismail arrived in Turkey on Tuesday and spent the day in Istanbul where he met the Malaysian community and Turkish businesspeople, and inspected the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is owned and managed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.

It is Ismail’s first visit to Turkey as chief executive of the Southeast Asian nation.

The two countries also agreed on a media and communications deal that was signed by Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Saifuddin bin Abdullah. The agreement will take effect Thursday and last three years.

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