Malaysia hails close ties with Singapore

  • Singapore and Malaysia pledged to deepen cooperation during Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s first official visit to the city state, building on what was described as a “long-standing and immutable” friendship.
  • Bilateral ties have been relatively stable in recent years despite Malaysia’s turbulent politics.
  • Singapore’s foreign affairs ministry said Anwar and Lee both “welcomed the reopening of borders and increasing connectivity between the two countries”
  • Both countries agreed on the importance of working together to deepen ties in mutually beneficial areas, as well as address bilateral issues in a constructive manner
  • The two Southeast Asian neighbours signed three agreements in the fields of cybersecurity, green economy and digital economy. They would facilitate the exchange of expertise in areas including data protection and cross-border data flows, as well as tackling cyber threats.
  • Other new areas for cooperation include food security and improved channels of communication.

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