Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his Malaysian counterpart Hishamuddin bin Hussein via video conference on Monday where they reaffirmed the strong defence relationship between New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur and discussed opportunities to deepen their defence cooperation.
Singh said on Twitter, "Had a wonderful interaction with Malaysia's Senior Defence Minister, Mr Hishamuddin bin Hussein, via video conference. " He reaffirmed the strong defence relations between India and Malaysia and discussed opportunities for both countries "to further deepen our defence cooperation".
On June 17, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India summit where they exchanged an agreement to mutually recognize the COVID-19 vaccination certificates and discussed bilateral relations, cooperation in key sectors and people-to-people ties.
Malaysian Foreign Minister had previously said the unique features of India combined with ASEAN countries can help strengthen the partnership between the two regions.
Addressing the Ministerial Session of Delhi Dialogue, he said both sides will resolve to strengthen and widen strategic partnerships including on the ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific.
Notably, the year 2022 marks 65 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Malaysia.
India and Malaysia share close relations anchored in vibrant people-to-people linkages, shared history and well-established trade relations. Both countries enjoy robust trade relations with bilateral trade at USD 14.45 billion for the year 2020-21. Cooperation in defence and security has become an important pillar of India-Malaysia bilateral cooperation.
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