New Straits Times
Malaysia, UK looking into Covid-19 cooperation
Malaysia and the United Kingdom will look into specific Covid-19 cooperation as both countries have rolled out their immunisation programmes.
The matter was one of the issues discussed between Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and his UK counterpart, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, in a telephone conversation on Friday.
Wisma Putra, in a statement, said the collaboration included reciprocal vaccination arrangement for both nationals covering diplomats, students and expatriates, reciprocal travel bubble and guaranteed access to UKmanufactured vaccines for Malaysia.
“Both ministers agreed that it is imperative to resume face-toface discussions and intensify cooperation in the post-Covid-19 era,” it said.
Hishammuddin reiterated Malaysia’s strong support for the UK’s application for Asean’s Dialogue Partnership, considering the country’s substantive linkages and prospective contributions to Asean community building.
Both ministers exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar, and Raab expressed his support for the initiative by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei to convene an informal Asean Ministerial Meeting next week.
On the hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference this year by the UK, Wisma Putra said both ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“Hishammuddin also welcomed Raab’s move to undertake a visit to Malaysia this year to maintain engagement and strengthen the long-standing relations between Malaysia and the UK.”