KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Efforts to revive Malaysia-Egypt bilateral relations and cooperation, especially in the political and economic context, were discussed by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi yesterday.
Muhyiddin said, the discussion, which was held for the first time via a video conference, also touched on issues of mutual interest, especially in fostering greater cooperation in economy, trade, education, tourism and infrastructure development.
“I took the initiative to put forward the view that it is time for Malaysia to strengthen its ties with Egypt and Abdel Fattah Al Sisi welcomed this proposal and look forward to discussions involving top leaders of the two countries,” he said in a statement uploaded on his official Facebook page today.
Egypt is Malaysia’s largest trading partner in the North African region with a trade value of RM2.06 billion last year, Muhyiddin said.
As one of the largest importers of Malaysian palm oil in Africa, he said the platform was also used to encourage Egypt to not only continue to import the commodity from this country but also increase imports in the future.