The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman paid a courtesy call on the Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy QNZM, QSO on 6 December 2017 at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The Governor-General's visit to Malaysia is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Malaysia.
Both the Governor-General and the Foreign Minister were pleased with the current state of bilateral relations and agreed to foster greater political linkage through exchange of visits at all levels as well as to further enhance government-to-government, business-to-business as well as people-to-people contacts. The Foreign Minister conveyed Malaysia's appreciation for the visit by the Malayan Veterans' Association of New Zealand who took part in the Merdeka Day celebration in Kuala Lumpur on 31 August 2017.
The courtesy call also provided the opportunity for both sides to share and exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Among the topics discussed were cooperation in trade and investment, education, tourism and as well as international and regional issues. The Governor-General also conveyed that New Zealand is keen to increase cooperation in the field of culture with Malaysia, noting that both countries shared great history of culture which is worthy to be noted and documented for.
Both sides also touched upon regional situations namely on the tension in the Korean Peninsular; the Middle East diplomatic crisis; the humanitarian crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minorities and on climate change. The Foreign Minister mentioned that Malaysia hopes for an amicable solution to the ongoing crisis in the region.
The Foreign Minister expressed Malaysia's confidence with the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as he congratulated the new Government of New Zealand following the general election on 23 September 2017. Malaysia is confident that under the new Prime Minister's stewardship, New Zealand will continue to enjoy peace, stability and economic progress.
The courtesy call has contributed towards greater understanding and appreciation of each other's stance and perspectives on various matters. It further strengthen the long-standing bilateral relations between Malaysia and New Zealand and signifies the depth and breadth of cooperation established between the two countries.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia