Boosting ties to combat terrorism
KUALA LUMPUR: A MalaysiaBahrain high-level joint commission will be set up to boost cooperation between the two countries in the industrial trade, investment, education, military and defence sectors.
Special Functions Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also defence minister, said the formation of the commission was discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Bahrain’s King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa on Tuesday.
Both countries, he said, would be involved in joint military training and exercises to consolidate efforts in combating terrorism. He said the efforts included both the “soft and hard approach”.
“Both nations have also agreed to cooperate in facing the threat of militancy, not only through military options, but also from the aspects of ideology and counter-narratives.
“If it means we have to face them militarily, then we must work together in the sharing of assets, as the terrains in the Middle East and Malaysia are different.”
Meanwhile, Bahrain has decided to set up an embassy here to enhance bilateral relations between the country and Malaysia.
Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Ahmed said although his government has a limited number of embassies around the world having taken measured steps whenever deciding where to open their missions, Malaysia had been in the plan.
He said a technical team will be sent here to look for the right premises and to make arrangements to open the embassy within the next two months.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein with Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Ahmed during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS