Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held delegation-level talks with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. The two countries signed key agreements on cyber security, culture and public administration. Prime Minister Modi will now leave for his visit to Singapore.
Here are the highlights from PM Modi’s joint statement with NajibRazak in Malaysia.
* Prime Minister Modi commended Najib Razak for his leadership in combating extremism and radicalisation and in highlighting the real values of Islam. “Mr. Prime Minister, you have provided leadership in combating extremism and radicalization, rejecting any link between terrorism and religion, and in highlighting the real values of Islam.”
* Modi also alluded the spirit of Malaysians. “The two back-to-back airline tragedies could sap the morale of any nation. I commend your leadership and the resolve and resilience of the Malaysian people,” he said.
* On defence cooperation between the two countries, Modi said ties will be stronger, including advancing maritime security and strengthening disaster response in the region. “I am pleased that we have agreed to upgrade our joint exercises and set up the SU-30 Forum”.
* The Indian Prime Minister also hoped bilateral trade and investment relations can be scaled up significantly. He said, “We intend to exploit the full potential of our bilateral agreements and the India-ASEAN Agreements.”
* PM also emphasised on co-operation and enhanced Malaysian participation in projects like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Smart city’ initiatives.
* A MoU was signed on Performance Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) to ensure excellent cooperation in Public Administration and Governance. Modi said, “I have personally interacted with PEMANDU, and am pleased that our NITI Aayog will work with them.”
* PM Modi also announced the inauguration of Torana Gate at the entrance of Little India in Bricksfield, Kuala Lumpur. He said, “This is a gift of India, but a labour of love for Prime Minister Najib. And, it will be a symbol of our timeless ties and the friendship between our people.”
* On security challenges and terrorism, Modi said India and Malaysia will continue to deepen their cooperation. ” The recent spate of attacks in different countries, not to mention the ceaseless terrorist attempts against India and Afghanistan, are a reminder of the global nature of this threat.”
* He also extended an invitation to Malaysian students and urged for an early conclusion of an agreement on Mutual Recognition of Degrees.
* Highlighting the rich cultural bond between India and Malaysia PM Modi said, “We are grateful for your (Najib Razak) stewardship that has kept our relationship on a steady course of progress. There are many dimensions to our connected histories. We have very old links of culture and religion. The Malaysian-Indian community forms a very special and strong bond between us.”