Reach­ing new heights

King Ha­mad, Na­jib wit­ness sign­ing of deals to strengthen bi­lat­eral ties

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AZURA ABAS AND HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my Page 1 pic: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Bahrain’s King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa at Seri Per­dana, Putrajaya, yes­ter­day. BER­NAMA PIC

TIES be­tween Malaysia and Bahrain reached new heights last night with the sign­ing of sev­eral agree­ments. Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Bahraini King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa wit­nessed the sign­ing of four mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing (MoUs) and an agree­ment on Air Ser­vices.

Malaysia and Bahrain agreed to a de­fence co­op­er­a­tion that was signed by De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein and Bahrain’s De­fence Min­is­ter Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Diyab Saqr Al Nuaimi.

In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed and Bahraini In­dus­try, Com­merce and Tourism Min­is­ter Zayed R. Alza­yani inked an MoU on small- and medium-scale en­ter­prise and in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion.

Petronas and Bahrain’s Na­tional Oil and Gas Author­ity inked an MoU on up­stream and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas co­op­er­a­tion.

The sig­na­to­ries were Petronas chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Wan Zulk­i­flee Wan Arif­fin and Bahrain Oil and Gas Af­fairs Min­is­ter Shaikh Mo­hamed Ahmed Al Khal­ifa.

The fourth MoU was signed be­tween the Na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia and Bahrain Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Bahrain For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Shaikh Khalid Ahmed Mo­hamed Al Khal­ifa signed the Air Ser­vices Agree­ment.

Ear­lier, King Ha­mad and Na­jib had a meet­ing to de­lib­er­ate on mat­ters of shared in­ter­ests be­tween the two coun­tries.

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Malaysia and Bahrain re­mains close since diplo­matic ties were es­tab­lished in 1974, with bi­lat­eral trade value of the two coun­tries stand­ing at RM861.5 mil­lion, an in­crease of 97.6 per cent com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year.

The king, who is on a four-day state visit that be­gan on Sun­day, ar­rived at Seri Per­dana here at 8.45pm. He later at­tended an of­fi­cial din­ner hosted by the prime min­is­ter at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence here.

King Ha­mad’s visit is a his­toric mo­ment for Malaysia as this is a Bahraini ruler’s first trip here in 43 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

The king, who is on his maiden visit to Malaysia since he as­cended the throne on May 6, 1999, is sched­uled to de­part for Brunei to­day.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and Bahrain’s King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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