ANKARA: International relations, defence, trade and investment are among the issues which Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will discuss with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Turkey that began yesterday.
Malaysian Ambassador to Turkey Datuk Abd Razak Abdul Wahab said the one-on-one meeting between Dr Mahathir and Erdogan will be followed by a meeting of delegates from both countries, which would take place at the Presidential Palace here on the second day of the Prime Minister’s four-day visit.
He said during the visit, Dr Mahathir would be accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking.
“Discussions may be related to international relations such as regional issues, other than the Palestinian and Rohingya issues.
“Apart from that, issues on defence and the defence industry will probably be discussed as Turkey has developed a strong defence industry,” he told Malaysian journalists when met at the ambassador’s official residence here on Tuesday night.
Abd Razak said on the same day that Dr Mahathir meets Erdogan, he would make an earlier trip to visit the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), where he would have a closer look at Turkey’s aviation industry.“The company, which is involved in defence and military aerospace exports, also produces drones and helicopters,” he said.
On Friday, which is the third day, Dr Mahathir would fly to Istanbul and the aircraft would be landing at the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, which is managed and administered by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd.
“On the same day, the Prime Minister will attend a Captains of Industry Round Table involving some 35 major Turkish companies.
“Following that, he will attend high tea with the Malaysian diaspora in Turkey,” he said.
Abd Razak said Dr Mahathir’s official visit to Turkey, which is at the invitation of the Turkish President, was to further enhance existing bilateral ties between Malaysia and Turkey after diplomatic relations between both countries began in 1964.
“In terms of trade, Turkey is Malaysia’s third largest trading partner from West Asia, whereas for Turkey, Malaysia is the largest partner among Asean countries.” — Bernama