“We will see in the period ahead that the cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia will improve in all areas”

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Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, President Erdogan said: Besides our cooperation in politics and trade, we attach importance to the steps we can take in the areas of culture, arts, tourism and education to further strengthen our social relations. We will, inshallah, see in the period ahead that the cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia will improve in all areas.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad held a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex following their talks.

Prior to the press conference, Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was decorated with the Order of the Republic of Turkey.

Stating that Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad has been a doyen statesman, President Erdogan said: It is a privilege for us to host him once again as the Prime Minister after 25 years.

WE WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN OUR COOPERATION WITH MALAYSIA IN ISSUES LIKE THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE

Underscoring that Malaysia has been given special importance within the framework of the sectoral dialogue partnership with ASEAN, President Erdogan noted: We display a shared stance in the face of such issues as the Rohingya crisis, Islamophobia, and the Palestinian cause in particular. We will further strengthen our cooperation with Malaysia in these issues. We will continue to support the improvement of the Turkey-Malaysia-Pakistan trilateral cooperation process, launched at foreign ministerial level with Mr. Mahathir's proposal.

Drawing attention to the great potential between the two countries in the area of trade, President Erdogan said increasing the trade volume and investments, together with the enhancement of the cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia in defense industry have been on top of the agenda during the talks, and that the two countries should rapidly achieve the bilateral trade volume goal of 5 billion dollars.

President Erdogan went on to say: Besides our cooperation in politics and trade, we attach importance to the steps we can take in the areas of culture, arts, tourism and education to further strengthen our social relations. We will, inshallah, see in the period ahead that the cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia will improve in all areas.

PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TUN DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD: WE SEE THINGS IN THE SAME WAY WITH TURKEY

Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, for his part, said: We see things in the same way with Turkey, in particular with regard to the problem of Palestine for example. We have the same stance. And, it is important for us to show the world that Malaysia and Turkey has the same view of the problem faced by the Palestinians.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL TO RUSSIA

Answering reporters' questions following the press conference, President Erdogan, in response to a question regarding Turkish citizens' visa-free travel to Russia, said President Vladimir Putin of Russia has already given the good news on this issue, and noted that Turkish citizens will be offered visa-free travel to Russia from now on, as it has been announced. The President further stressed that the visa-free travel is the fruit of the dialogue and warm relations between the two countries.

President Erdogan met with Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad during a dinner following the press conference.

Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey