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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will meet in the Kremlin on Tuesday
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will meet in the Kremlin on Tuesday for talks on bilateral relations and international issues, a high-ranking Kremlin official said. The official told Itar-Tass on Monday, “Special attention will be paid to world issues”, primarily the Middle East settlement, the situation in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear problem, and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. “The coincidence of Russia’s and Malaysia’s approaches create a favourable foundation for effective coordinating efforts on the global and regional levels,” the official said. In his words, Russia and Malaysia “have good prospects for intensifying cooperation within the U.N. framework, including on the U.N. reform.” “The sides will discuss measures to coordinate efforts aimed at counteracting new challenges and threats, including cooperation in the fight against terrorism and trans-national crime. Special attention will be riveted to joint efforts to promote an inter-civilised and inter-religious dialogue, i.e. within the Organisation of the Islamic Conference that Malaysia is now chairing,” he stressed. The talks will touch on “the expansion of partnership within as ASEAN, interaction within the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and other regional mechanisms”, the official pointed out. Military-technical cooperation between Russia and Malaysia, interaction in the energy sector, space, information technologies and other fields will be in the focus of the talks between President Putin and the Malaysian prime minister who is in Moscow on an official visit. “The talks will also focus on prospects for cooperation in the energy sector, space, information and telecommunication technologies, military and military-technical cooperation, education and tourism.” “Special attention will be riveted to trade and economic cooperation.” Despite the fact that in recent years trade turnover between the two countries has reached from 578 million U.S. dollars in 2002 to 1.13 billion U.S. dollars in 2006 “the leaders of the two countries are planning to discuss ways to use the existing potential in this field. A joint inter-governmental commission on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation will be designed to be a locomotive of such interaction”, the official stressed. “An agreement on creating such commission is being now prepared,” he added. “The talks will touch on measures to expand the legal base of Russian-Malaysian relations,” the official noted. In his words, “both sides intend to step up their work on an agreement on the mutual protection of investments, the avoidance of double taxation, on space cooperation and air service. The president of Russia and the prime minister of Malaysia are expected to adopt a joint statement on the results of their talks.” The Kremlin notes the dynamic development of relations between the two countries. “In April Russia and Malaysia marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Both countries maintain solid friendship and cooperation, as well as an active political dialogue,” the official said.
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