Towards enhancing M’sia-Australia Free Trade Agreement

PUTRAJAYA: Issues under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership framework were successfully resolved during Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s three-day working visit to Australia.

The Foreign Minister’s trip, which started last Thursday, was in conjunction with the 5th Malaysia-Australia Annual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM), reported Bernama.

Zambry, in a statement yesterday, said the visit succeeded in opening the space and opportunities for trade through new cooperation by way of modernisation of the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

It also strengthened the mutual commitment towards preserving the stability and peace of the Indo-Pacific region without any threat from any parties.

“This meeting discussed important core matters including economy, science and technology, education, defence and regional security.

“The discussion went on in a good and friendly atmosphere, taking into account the mutual interest of both parties,” read the statement.

Zambry said the meeting also agreed to take follow-up action at the working level in relevant ministries and agencies.

AFMM is a bilateral mechanism under the Joint Declaration for Strategic Partnership between Malaysia and Australia established in 2015.

A total of four meetings were previously held – in March 2017 (Putrajaya), November 2019 (Sydney), December 2020 (Kuala Lumpur) and November 2021 (Kuala Lumpur).

While in Adelaide, Zambry paid a courtesy call on South Australia’s Premier Peter Malinauskas.

“During the meeting, we exchanged views on various bilateral issues of mutual interest as well as efforts to strengthen people-to-people relations between Malaysia and South Australia,” he said.

According to Zambry, the meeting was very meaningful on account of 2023 being the 50th anniversary of the “Sister City” between George Town, Penang, and Adelaide, South Australia.

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