Foreign policy plan to include ‘New Malaysia’ values
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in the process of forming a new foreign policy framework, which will reflect the values of “New Malaysia”, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
He said one of the key elements of the new framework was economic diplomacy, which would see the ministry working with the International Trade and Industry Ministry.
Saifuddin said this at an event marking 50 years of bilateral relations between Norway and Malaysia, and 25 years of the Norwegian Seafood Gala Dinner here on Friday night.
The dinner was hosted by Norwegian Ambassador to Malaysia, Gunn Jorid Roset.
Saifuddin said bilateral relations between Norway and Malaysia remained warm and cordial through various forms of cooperation.
He said Norway was one of Malaysia’s major sources of foreign investment, with 50 Norwegian companies operating in the country.
Roset said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was scheduled to meet Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, from Oct 18 to 19.
Norway’s “bounty from the sea” was showcased at the grand dinner, prepared by renowned Norwegian chef Frank Naesheim and his team of culinary professionals from Norway, Malaysia and Singapore.
Norwegian Ambassador to Malaysia Gunn Jorid Roset showing Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah frozen salmon during the Norwegian Seafood Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.