KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Turkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to further strengthen Malaysia-Turkiye bilateral ties following Erdogan’s recent re-election.
The Prime Minister, in his Facebook posting, said this was one of the matters they discussed when Erdogan contacted him yesterday.
“We both agreed to strengthen Malaysia-Turkiye bilateral relations and are ready to elevate collaborations in various fields to a better and smoother level.
“I also took the opportunity to invite Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Malaysia in the near future,” said Anwar.
The Prime Minister said he also congratulated Erdogan for winning the recent Republic of Turkiye Presidential election.
Anwar said he admired Erdogan’s calmness and patience in facing various challenges en route to winning the election.
On the Facebook posting, the Prime Minister also shared a four-minute video clip of his telephone conversation with Erdogan, who was assisted by a translator.
Erdogan also expressed his commitment to take Malaysia-Turkiye bilateral relations to a higher level, to which Anwar agreed.
Bernama reported on Sunday (May 28) that Erdogan won a decisive election by defeating his challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
Malaysia and Turkiye have established diplomatic ties since 1964.
Last year, Turkiye was Malaysia’s largest trading partner and export destination as well as the sixth largest source of imports among West Asian countries.