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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.”

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Datuk Seri Hishammudd­in Hussein

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