ANKARA: Turkiye hopes the upgrading of its ties with Malaysia to complete strategic partnership will additional strengthen financial and business cooperation, together with on vaccine improvement.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned among the many quick plans was for the republic, which turned the ninth nation in the world that’s able to producing its personal Covid-19 vaccine final yr, to launch its regionally produced vaccine, TURKOVAC, in Malaysia.
“We need to switch vaccine know-how and to perform vaccine improvement research collectively,” he mentioned at a joint press convention with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who’s in the nation on a four-day official go to.
During the leaders’ assembly held on the Presidential Complex in the capital, Erdogan mentioned they mentioned cooperation in varied fields equivalent to financial system, funding, commerce, defence business, know-how, well being and communication.
“On this event, we as soon as once more confirmed our willpower to carry ahead our cooperation, which is getting deeper with every passing day. Upon the proposal of the Prime Minister, we determined to improve the relations between our international locations from a strategic partnership to a complete strategic partnership,” he mentioned.
Erdogan mentioned Malaysia-Turkiye relations have reached an distinctive degree, with commerce quantity exceeding US$3.5bil and Malaysia turning into the republic’s largest business stakeholder in South-East Asia.
He mentioned the commerce quantity elevated by 50% final yr regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the figures for the primary six months of 2022 additionally confirmed an extra improve that was in line with their goal of US$5bil by 2024.
The President mentioned he believed that increasing the Free Trade Agreement to embrace companies, investments and digital commerce will additional strengthen their financial and business ties, in addition to make the commerce of products and companies extra balanced.
The two leaders additionally mentioned the potential of new cooperation fashions and funding initiatives, equivalent to in meals safety, power and setting.
“I would love to emphasise that we now have all the time felt the assist of Malaysia on our aspect,” he mentioned, including that he and Ismail Sabri additionally mentioned the Rohingya and Islamophobia points.
According to him, each international locations would strengthen their solidarity in platforms such because the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and D8.
“We are working to strengthen our cooperation with all our brothers in Asia with our win-win understanding with our Asia Again initiative.
“We goal to increase our cooperation with Asean, of which we’re a sectoral dialogue companion, to the standing of a dialogue partnership,” he mentioned. – Bernama