KL - RIYADH TIES BREAK NEW GROUND
Saudi Arabia, Malaysia agree to intensify efforts to combat terrorism
KING Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s historic four-day state visit, which ended yesterday, has hugely expanded the level of cooperation between long-standing allies Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
REGIONAL and international issues affecting the Islamic world took centre stage during the four-day state visit by Saudi ruler King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud, which ended on a high note yesterday.
King Salman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak exchanged views on the prospects and ways to develop bilateral relations, and to intensify cooperation in various fields, including politics, economy and security.
In a joint statement, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia had agreed to intensify efforts from within the Islamic world to confront extremism, reject sectarianism and move Muslims towards a better future, in line with the objectives and purpose of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to achieve international peace and security.
“The two sides agreed that terrorism should not be linked to any race, colour or religion.
“This was the most important issue that was discussed and the two sides agreed on the need to intensify joint efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, whatever its origin.”
On the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace, which will focus on combating extreme narratives, the statement said it would be launched within 90 days.
The centre’s establishment would involve collaboration between various agencies — the Saudi Defence Ministry’s Intellectual Warfare Centre, Malaysian Defence Ministry’s Security and Defence Centre, the Islamic Science University of Malaysia and the Muslim World League.
In keeping with the constructive spirit of the meetings that took place between the two sides, the political issues in the Middle East were also reviewed, particularly the Palestinian issue.
Malaysia and Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of and the need to reach a lasting, comprehensive and just solution to resolve this issue according to the contents of the Arab Peace Initiative and related resolutions.
The two countries stressed the need to find a solution to the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva 1 statement and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.
The two countries said it was important to provide humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees inside and outside Syria.
“The two sides also stressed the importance of maintaining Yemen’s unity, independence and sovereignty, and the importance of a political solution to the crisis, based on the Gulf Initiative and outcome of the national dialogue and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.”
Malaysia and Saudi Arabia also expressed concern over Iranian interference in the region.
On trade ties, the two countries were on the same page in boosting investments and exploring opportunities in light of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
Eight memoranda of understanding worth RM40.7 billion were inked on the third day of King Salman’s visit.
King Salman expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to Yang diPertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Najib and the people of Malaysia for the warm reception and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation. Page 1 pic: Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak saying their farewells at the Bunga Raya Complex of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.