Boost­ing ties to com­bat ter­ror­ism

New Straits Times - - News -

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

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