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Najib, Modi agree Malaysia-India relations at historic high

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, April 2, 2017 during his six-day visit to India. — Bernama pic
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, April 2, 2017 during his six-day visit to India. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agree that relations between their two countries are at a “historic high”.

Najib highlighted the strong ties in his latest blog post titled ‘Strengthening Malaysia-India Bilateral Relations’ on www.najibrazak.com today.

Najib, who is on a six-day visit to India, said he had a fruitful day with Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, when they had a one-on-one meeting.

“Our 60-year bilateral relations continue to grow as we reap benefits from the strategic partnership we have established with India,” said Najib.

The prime minister shared some of the outcomes from meeting Modi, including those relating to defence and security cooperation.

Najib said Malaysia would continue to work closely and enhance cooperation with India to ensure that both nations as well as the region would remain peaceful.

“We also reaffirmed our commitment to fight any form of terrorism and extremism. Prime Minister Modi was particularly interested in Malaysia’s deradicalisation programme and we are more than happy to share our knowledge and experience with India,” he added.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the two countries agreed that they need a fresh free trade agreement to revitalise trade among nations not just around the region but also throughout the world.

Najib said he and Modi agreed that the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement needed to be revitalised to make it more effective while the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement becomes more and more relevant today.

“I hope, with encouragement from India, RCEP will be able to take place at an earlier date,” he said. — Bernama

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