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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

(The Star) King: Explore ways to strengthen economic relations

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V says Malaysia and Bahrain should continue to explore opportunities to increase bilateral trade in strengthening economic relations between the two countries.

He said it was for this purpose that Malaysia was inviting and encouraging the private sectors of both countries to play a more active role in trade and investment opportunities in both countries.

“I believe there are still several possibilities to be harnessed together in exploring economic opportunities between the two countries,” the King said in his speech at the State Banquet at Istana Negara on Monday night, which was held in honour of the King of Bahrain King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa, who is in Malaysia for a state visit.

The event was attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Cabinet ministers.

Sultan Muhammad V expressed confidence that the possibilities of potential cooperation were not only in trade and investment, but defence as well.

Last year, total bilateral trade between Malaysia and Bahrain reached RM861.35mil.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong said a state visit like this gave both the countries the opportunity to further strengthen cooperation in education, tourism and trade, and was pleased to see both countries committed to improving bilateral relations.

“The relationship between both our countries is indeed good and strong.

“This visit will further enhance fraternal relations between the two countries as well as the personal relationship between the leaders,” he noted.

Sultan Muhammad V said Malaysia and Bahrain discussed and shared their views on global issues, particularly on universal ummah.

King Hamad, who is here at the invitation of Sultan Muhammad V, arrived in Malaysia on Sunday night for a four-day state visit.

This visit is his first to Malaysia since he ascended the throne on March 6, 1999.

At a separate function, King Hamad met the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah here yesterday.

The meeting was also attended by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is minister-in-attendance.

In conjunction with King Hamad’s visit, several meetings were held between ministers of both countries yesterday.