Speaker of Parliament Şentop meets the King of Malaysia


Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop and an accompanying parliamentary delegation met with the King of Malaysia, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on Wednesday.

Speaking at the meeting at the Istana Negara Royal Palace in Kuala Lumpur on his first visit to the country, Şentop said he visited Malaysia at the invitation of his Malaysian counterpart Azhar Azizan Harun, who visited Turkey from 13 to 15 June.

Expressing his satisfaction to see a common will to improve inter-parliamentary relations and cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia, Şentop said: “Our bilateral relations continue to develop and deepen in all areas with high-level visits level and techniques. We want to increase our bilateral trade volume in a balanced way in the coming period.”

On Tuesday, Şentop met Azhar Azizan Harun and Rais Yatim, the heads of the lower and upper houses of the Malaysian parliament, and hailed the bilateral relations between Turkey and Malaysia.

The officials have an understanding of the comprehensive bilateral strategic partnership, which includes improving relations between the legislative, executive and judicial bodies, said Şentop, who also chaired the delegation-level talks.

Dialogue and friendly relations between parliaments should be strengthened alongside relations between governments, the Turkish official said, adding that Turkey appreciates Malaysia’s efforts to manage the economic and humanitarian crisis in the region, especially after the February 1 military coup in Myanmar.

“Their efforts to stop the ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar and to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya are extremely valuable,” Şentop said.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Malaysia were established in 1964.

The countries signed a free trade agreement in 2014, which was Turkey’s first with a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In 2024, Malaysia and Turkey will celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations. Both are two modern and progressive states among the community of nations that have definitive cultures, values ​​and geographic locations that epitomize a progressive Muslim country. The two countries have strong political ties and economic exchanges with growing people-to-people contacts.

This year is marked by many novelties. The official visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in July and the State visit of His Majesty Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and His Majesty Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, King and Queen of Malaysia, to Türkiye in August are symbols of the political, economic and cultural relations between Malaysia and Turkey.

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