India, Malaysia reaffirm strategic cooperation, to boost economic ties

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will make a week-long official visit to India from March 30 to April 4. Bernama

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will make a week-long official visit to India from March 30 to April 4. Bernama

On Saturday, Razak was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan by PM Modi.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated continuing cooperation of the two governments in the joint anti-terrorism efforts in view of emerging security threats.

He described PM Najib Razak's visit as historic as it is taking place after 60 years of diplomatic relations.

The prime minister is also expected to attend a business luncheon and the 7th Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council Meeting (GSIAC) in the Indian capital on Monday, before officiating the High Commission of Malaysia's New Complex on Tuesday. The Malaysian prime minister started his five-day India visit on Thursday in Chennai. He subsequently called on President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

'Kabali anna, Kabali anna, ' echoed the streets of Malaysia when Rajinikanth walked down the lanes in the film Kabali.

The 16-member RCEP is composed of the 10 Asean members - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam - and their six free-trade agreement partners India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Modi also said that educational exchanges between India and Malaysia are strong promoters of people-to-people contacts. Later, he tweeted about the meeting along with a photo of him with 66-year-old-actor. Bilateral trade between Malaysia was United States dollars 12.8 billion in 2015-16 as against USD 16.9 billion in 2014-15 and the trade balance is in favour of Malaysia.

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Razak landed in Chennai on March 30 and today held talks with Modi for over 90 minutes at New Delhi's Hyderabad House, after which the two countries inked seven pacts ranging from cooperation in sports to education.

From past few days, there was rumour that Rajinikanth is replacing Shahrukh Khan as the brand ambassador of Malaysia Tourism, Rajinkanth also refuted the rumours.

Razak noted that Rajasthan has emerged as an investment-friendly destination.

Another reason for India to look at closer ties with Malaysia is the fact that it is seen as a moderate Muslim nation.

The statement said meetings of the CEO's Forum would be held bi-annually, alternatively in India and Malaysia.

On his part, Najib said Modi was specifically interested in knowing about the success of Malaysia's de-radicalisation programme and he presented the Indian leader a book on the specific module dealing with it apart from offering to extend his country's expertise in the area.

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