Malaysia-Turkmenistan boost ties further with Anifah’s visit


MO,12/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Turkmenistan strengthened their bilateral ties further, following a two day official visit to the central Asian country by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. In his November 10 to 11 visit, Anifah called on Turkemenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as well as holding bilateral talks with his Turkemenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov.

The courtesy call on Berdimuhamedov took place in a warm and cordial atmosphere with discussion covering a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. “Both sides stressed the importance of developing a comprehensive cooperation in the trade and investment, oil and gas industry, transportation, culture, education, tourism and people-to-people contact, which will contribute positively towards strengthening relations between Malaysia and Turkmenistan,” Wisma Putra said in statement today.

The President of Turkmenistan also expressed his appreciation for Malaysia’s continuous involvement in the oil and gas sector in Turkmenistan, it said. Anifah thanked the President and the Government of Turkmenistan for the opportunity given to Petronas and reiterated that both countries will continue to develop new areas of cooperation in various other fields for the benefit each other.

In his meeting with Meredov earlier, both ministers pledged to utilise bilateral mechanisms such as Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) or Political-Economic Consultations to further enhance bilateral cooperation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan. “They also exchanged views on regional and international issues including the situation of Rohingya minorities in Myanmar, situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Palestine.

“The meeting has reflected the close understanding and the common views that both ministers shared in fostering a strong relation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan, Wisma Putra said. During his visit, Anifah also delivered a lecture on Malaysia’s Foreign Policy and Malaysia-Turkmenistan bilateral relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan to the faculty members, students and young diplomats at the institute.

“The Official Visit by The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia has successfully laid the strong foundation for further cooperation and collaboration between the two countries since his last visit to Turkmenistan on 12 December 2015,” Wisma Putra said.


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Sudanese Home Minister pays courtesy visit to Zahid ahead of PISD


MO,4/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today received a courtesy visit from Sudanese Home Minister Major General (Police) Dr Hamid Mohamed Mannan at his office in Perdana Putra.

Hamid’s visit was in conjunction with Putrajaya International Security Dialogue (PISD) which will be run from Friday to Saturday at Marriot Hotel here.

Both leaders spent about 45 minutes discussing various issues, including national security.

Dr Hamid is scheduled to give his country statement at PISD on Saturday.

Themed ‘Wisdom and Moderation in Countering Terrorism’, the event is organised by the Home Ministry in collaboration with Rabitah Al-Alami Al-Islami, a non-governmental organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

The objective of the event is to highlight the importance of moderation as the way to combat terrorism and extremism ideology, in line with the role played by Malaysia in adopting wasatiyyah (moderation) as the main approach in achieving peace.

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From Dec 27 Malaysians dont need visa to visit Morocco

KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Dec 27, holders of all Malaysian Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary passports will be able to enter Morocco freely for 90 days, for official, business or social purposes without the requirement of a visa.

This is in accordance with the agreement on ‘Partial Abolition of Visa Requirement’ signed in Putrajaya on July 19 between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

“After all internal requirements have been fulfilled by both countries, this Agreement will come into force on 27th December, 2017.

“The enforcement of this Agreement is expected to continue to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries, as it provides a platform to further enhance the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment and tourism,” according to a press release issued by Foreign Ministry today.

READ: Malaysia, Morocco ink agreement on visa-free travel

The partial abolition of the visa requirement is expected to encourage more Malaysians and Moroccans to visit each other’s countries.

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Lebanons Hariri to visit Egypt on Monday – leader in Future Movement

BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Monday, a leader in Hariri’s Future Movement said.

Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri’s resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return.

The resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hariri criticised Iran and its ally Hezbollah, a heavily armed grouping that is part of the Lebanese government, in his resignation statement, and said he feared assassination. Apart from a brief trip to Abu Dhabi, he remained in Saudi Arabia until he flew to France.

His stay in the kingdom led to accusations from Lebanese officials and politicians that Saudi Arabia had coerced him to resign, which he and Riyadh denied.

On Friday, Hariri tweeted that his presence there was for “consultations on the future of the situation in Lebanon and its relations with the surrounding Arab region”.

On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo, requested by Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region. Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not attend.

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Prince Charles kickstart Malaysia visit with Islamic Arts Museum

The Sultan of Perak Sultan, Nazrin Shah and The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles visited the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur earlier today as part of the Malaysian leg of the Asian Tour.

Charles and wife, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall arrived from Brunei and Singapore on Thursday and are scheduled to tour Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sarawak and Penang during their five-day stay in Malaysia.

Sultan Nazrin and Prince Charles visited two main galleries – the calligraphy section and a section that featured a collection of miniature mosques from all over the world.

The two royalties also took the time to admire two pages from the Quran, written on velum from the 7-10th century AD on display in the calligraphy gallery.

The Sultan of Perak and Prince Charles then gathered at the atrium to exchange gifts and meet with local leaders from various organisations including Khanazah Nasional Berhad Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and Tunku Besar Seri Menanti, Tunku Ali Redhauddin.

Both the Sultan of Perak and The Prince of Wales also took the time to admire the collection of geometric reprints and drawings from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

This is Prince Charles and Camilla’s first visit to Malaysia.

The tour will highlight charities and causes close to the Prince of Wales including education, women empowerment and environmental conservation.

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MYUK60 Prince Charles and Camilla arrive for official visit to Malaysia tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and Camilla will start their official visit to Malaysia from Nov 2 to 8. This would be their first visit by the royal couple.

Prince Charles and Camilla will visit four states to celebrate the 60 years of Malaysia-United Kingdom bilateral relations between the two nations, a ‘special relationship’ , as described by British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicky Treadell.

The Prince and The Duchess are scheduled to visit various organisations promoting wildlife conservation and biodiversity, women and girls training, education and empowerment and defence in Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sarawak and Penang.

The royal couple are expected to have an audience with His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV, Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara.

Treadell at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur here today however has opted to keep mum about the  couple’s full schedules, citing security reasons. 

She was equally upbeat in sharing her positive sentiments about the visit.

Treadell said the UK High Commission in Malaysia will utilise its social media accounts for public to receive information to see the royal couple.

The royal couple will tour Malaysia for five days, the longest in the tour after Singapore and India.

She highlighted that the relationship between the two nations run deeper than just diplomatic ties.

She added that the royal households of Malaysia and the UK have strong ties, beyond the very diverse  relationshipsby the people and businesses.

Treadell also said that strengthening the relationship with countries outside of the EU including Malaysia is paramount to prepare itself for a “UK outside of the EU”.

She added that this is important seeing that most of the global growth in the future is slated to happen outside of EU.

The culmination of their visit is in Georgetown, Penang, which was originally named ‘Prince of Wales Island’ to meet members of different religious and ethnic communities who coexist peacefully in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

One of the key events in the programme include a gala dinner to be attended by minister and representative from business, arts and culture in Malaysia.

Treadell added that the visit will be a precursor to the Commonwealth Summits to be held in the UK in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020.

This will be Prince Charles and Camilla’s first visit to Malaysia following the visit by Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, who attended the Official Opening of the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in September 1998 and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Malaysia in September 2012.

Relationship between Malaysia and UK encompasses a wide range of areas including education, trade and culture and tourism.

Malaysia is the UK’s second largest export market in ASEAN and the UK is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner in Europe.

In the field of education, there are currently more than 18,000 Malaysians studying in the UK.

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Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip – official

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump will not go to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border of North Korea and South Korea during his Asia trip, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

“The president is not going to visit the DMZ. There is not enough time in the schedule,” the official told reporters in a background briefing.

Instead, Trump will be the first American president to visit Camp Humphreys, a military installation south of the South Korean capital of Seoul.

“We thought that would make more sense in terms of its messaging, in terms of the chance to address families and troops there,” the official said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula last week and Vice President Mike Pence made the same trip in April.

The official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity in briefing reporters, noted the two Trump administration forays to the zone.

“It’s becoming a little bit of a cliche, frankly,” the official said.

Trump leaves for his first trip to Asia this week and is expected to arrive on October 5 in Tokyo.

Separately, two U.S. officials said a decision may be made for the three aircraft carriers currently in the Asia Pacific region to carry out an exercise to coincide with Trump’s trip. The officials said no decision had been made, but it would be the first exercise with three U.S. aircraft carriers in the region since 2007.

A senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the buildup of naval forces was part of the military component of the Trump administration’s strategy to put “maximum pressure” on North Korea, which includes sanctions and diplomatic isolation.

Earlier on Tuesday, the State Department welcomed a decision by China and South Korea to resume normal ties after a year-long standoff over a decision by Seoul and Washington to deploy a missile defence system to counter North Korea’s nuclear programme.

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