Paris visit was to strengthen bilateral ties, says Zambry

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent working visit by Foreign Ministry officials to Paris was meant to further strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and France, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

He said efforts were made to enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in sectors such as education, defence, trade, investment, and health.

In a post on Facebook yesterday, Zambry said he had the opportunity to exchange views at a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Catherine Colonna.

During the meeting, Zambry said he also expressed Malaysia’s views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“This is to enable both countries to play an important role on the multilateral platform in ensuring that the stability and security of the region is preserved, especially in relation to the Indo-Pacific region, the South China Sea and Asean,” he added.

He described his meeting with Colonna as a discussion to shape the direction and collaboration that would have a higher impact in benefiting the economies of both countries, especially in the green economy, digital economy and renewable energy sectors.

Zambry was in Paris on June 1 and 2, during which he also held engagement sessions with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) director-general Audrey Azoulay, the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and the French Senate.France was Malaysia’s 21st largest trading partner last year, with a trade volume worth RM18.05bil. — Bernama

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