Selangor Journal

Malaysia, Brazil boost collaboration on key global issues

PUTRAJAYA, Dec. 5 — Malaysia and Brazil are committed to increase coordination in areas of mutual interest, on the basis of a dialogue to promote cooperation on issues such as energy, environment, climate change, biodiversity, science, technology, innovation, and health.

Both countries also underscored the importance of concertation between Brazil and Malaysia in the coming years, considering that Malaysia will be the chair of Asean in 2025 and Brazil will host the 30th Conference of the Parties (COP30) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2025.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) in a statement said this matter was jointly agreed upon by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his counterpart from Brazil, Ambassador Mauro Vieira, following a bilateral meeting held on Dec 2 on the margins of COP28.

The statement said Brazil welcomed Malaysia’s decision to join the Joint Communiqué “United for Our Forests,” adopted in Belém do Pará, during the Amazon Summit on Aug 9.

“Both ministers agreed that the dialogue on tropical forests should be led by developing countries with tropical forests themselves and should focus on the issues that countries with tropical forests define as priorities,” it said.

The statement said both ministers supported international and bilateral efforts to promote a just and equitable energy transition that takes into consideration the perspective of developing countries and contributes to the reduction of inequalities both within and among countries.

Both leaders also emphasised the importance of finding a permanent political solution to the Palestinian issue and called for an immediate ceasefire to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, as well as unhindered humanitarian assistance.

They also stressed the importance of bilateral trade and mutual investment flows as vectors of development in both countries and reaffirmed the interest in expanding the trade agenda and the volume of trade.

“Both countries also welcomed the prospects to explore cooperation under the ASEAN-Brazil sectoral dialogue partnership, as well as to increase dialogue and coordination with BRICS and other South-South platforms,” it added.

— Bernama

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