PM looks for­ward to ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties with In­dia

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day said he was look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties with In­dia dur­ing his visit to the coun­try.

He said the friend­ship be­tween In­dia and Malaysia ex­tended be­yond for­mal­i­ties.

“My visit to In­dia couldn’t have come at a more ap­pro­pri­ate time. Our ties with In­dia go way back.

“This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of Malaysia-In­dia diplo­matic re­la­tions, there­fore, mark­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the friend­ship be­tween the two na­tions.

“Uniquely, In­dia has con­trib­uted to the de­mo­graph­ics of the Malaysia we see to­day.

“The In­dian community makes up the third largest eth­nic group in Malaysia and many In­dian Malaysians still have fam­ily in In­dia.

“We are quite lit­er­ally con­nected to each other,” he said on his blog, www.na­ji­brazak.com.

He said since his last visit to In­dia in 2010, re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries had flour­ished and blos­somed.

“We have es­tab­lished the Malaysia–In­dia Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment and In­dia is among Malaysia’s largest trad­ing part­ners and largest ex­port des­ti­na­tion.

“We have also es­tab­lished part­ner­ships in de­fence co­op­er­a­tion, coun­tert­er­ror­ism, tourism and cul­ture re­la­tions, IT (in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy) and ser­vices, as well as in­fra­struc­ture projects.”

Na­jib’s visit, from to­day to Tues­day, is at the in­vi­ta­tion of his In­dian coun­ter­part, Naren­dra Modi. It is his third visit to In­dia since as­sum­ing of­fice.

“I will be vis­it­ing Chen­nai, New Delhi and Jaipur. Dur­ing this visit, among oth­ers, I will be meet­ing In­dia’s cap­tains of in­dus­tries, as well as at­tend the 7th Global Science and In­no­va­tion Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil Meet­ing.

“I have men­tioned pre­vi­ously that in­no­va­tion is key to suc­cess, and with In­dia’s boom­ing busi­ness sec­tor and its in­no­va­tive na­ture, I look for­ward to ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia. We must al­ways have one eye on the fu­ture!

“Last, but def­i­nitely not least, I look for­ward to meet­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi again.

“Prime Min­is­ter Modi and I have pre­vi­ously met on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but this will be my first visit to In­dia since he be­came the prime min­is­ter of In­dia. I hope to ex­change ideas and have fruit­ful dis­cus­sions with Prime Min­is­ter Modi to fur­ther strengthen our bi­lat­eral ties. In­syaAl­lah,” he said.

I hope to ex­change ideas and have fruit­ful dis­cus­sions with Prime Min­is­ter Modi to fur­ther strengthen our bi­lat­eral ties.

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