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Paris visit strengthened Malaysia-France relations, says Zambry

Publish date: Sat, 03 Jun 2023, 06:13 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir says his recent working visit to Paris was to maintain the positive momentum and further strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and France.

He said efforts would be made to enhance bilateral cooperation especially in sectors of mutual benefit such as education, defence, trade, investment and health.

In a Facebook post on Saturday (June 3), Zambry said he had the opportunity to exchange views during a meeting with his counterpart Catherine Colonna.

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 said.

Zambry described his meeting with Colonna as a discussion of shaping the direction and collaboration that would have a higher impact and benefit the economies of both countries, especially in the green economy, digital economy and renewable energy.

Zambry was in Paris on June 1 and 2 for a working visit, during which he also held an engagement session with the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Audrey Azoulay, the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and the French Senate.

France was Malaysia's 21st largest trading partner globally and the third largest among European Union member countries last year, with a trade volume worth RM18.05bil (US$4.19bil), an increase of 39.1% compared to the value recorded in 2021. – Bernama

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