S. Jaishankar Meets Malaysian Counterpart, Discusses ‘multifaceted’ Bilateral Ties

S. Jaishankar Meets Malaysian Counterpart, Discusses ‘multifaceted’ Bilateral Ties

Indian EAM S. Jaishankar met with Malaysian Foreign Minister Mohamad bin Haji Hasan in Kuala Lumpur as part of his tour across Singapore, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The discussions aimed to bolster collaboration across political, economic, defence, and people-to-people connections between the two nations. They also delved into regional and international concerns of mutual interest.

Jaishankar expressed satisfaction with the talks, emphasizing the multifaceted nature of Malaysia-India relations and the importance of enhancing cooperation in various sectors such as politics, economics, defence, digital technologies, startups, and consular affairs. Both ministers exchanged views on key regional issues including the Indo-Pacific, West Asia, and Ukraine.

They anticipate strengthening their ties as they approach the completion of a decade of Enhanced Strategic Partnership. Plans for high-level visits and the 7th Joint Commission Meeting between Malaysia and India were also discussed.

This meeting marked the first interaction between Jaishankar and Hasan since Hasan assumed office in December 2023. Later in the day, Jaishankar is scheduled to meet with Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim and Minister of Digital Gobind Singh Deo to further deepen bilateral cooperation.

In 2023, India ranked as Malaysia’s 12th largest global trading partner, with total trade valued at RM 77.76 billion (USD 16.53 billion).