Zim, Malaysia strengthen ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Mun­yaradzi Huni Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day held bi­lat­eral talks with Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Ab­dul Razak in a bid to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The meet­ing which took al­most 45 min­utes was held in Putrajaya.

The two lead­ers came out of the meet­ing shar­ing jokes, a clear sign of their close re­la­tion­ship.

Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo who is ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Pres­i­dent, took ad­van­tage of the visit to ex­change notes with Malaysian Deputy Min­is­ter of Trans­port Tim­balan Men­teri.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing, Dr Gumbo said Malaysia was his next stop af­ter his re­cent visit to Ethiopia to ex­plore busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“My visit here fol­lows my visit to Ethiopia where I vis­ited the Ethiopian Air­lines, try­ing to en­tice them to come to Zim­babwe.

“This is my sec­ond leg, and I have taken ad­van­tage of this visit by the Pres­i­dent.

“I took the op­por­tu­nity to meet my coun­ter­part from Malaysia to find out if their air­line could also fly to Zim­babwe.

“As you know, Malaysia is cen­trally placed in this part of the world. They are the hub of the re­gion and we want to take ad­van­tage of that.

“We also want to make sure that our Vic­to­ria Falls Air­port is utilised to max­i­mum ca­pac­ity, so I am talk­ing to a num­ber of air­lines,” said Dr Gumbo.

He added that his min­istry had also taken the op­por­tu­nity to learn how Malaysian Air­lines had man­aged to keep afloat fol­low­ing the dis­as­ters that hit it in re­cent years.

“This was ac­tu­ally a learn­ing process and as Zim­babwe, we should take a leaf from Malaysia.

“I will con­tinue to take ad­van­tage of such vis­its by His Ex­cel­lency to scout for busi­ness for the coun­try,” he said.

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