Bilateral diplomacy remains an important mechanism in strengthening bilateral relations between Malaysia and other countries. While political and economic activities continue to be the core of the relationship, the scope of bilateral cooperation has over the years expanded into other areas. Cooperation in the fields of culture, education, tourism, science and technology has yielded significant progress over the years.
As of March 2012, Malaysia has established 106 Missions worldwide which comprises 67 Embassies, 16 High Commissions, two Permanent Representatives to the UN and one to ASEAN, a Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre as well as 19 Consulate offices. A few of these Missions are also concurrently accredited to neighbouring countries. This extensive network is a testimony of the importance that Malaysia attaches on its bilateral diplomatic relations.
Bilateral relations with Malaysia’s partners both in the developing and developed world will continue to be utilised by Malaysia to identify opportunities for political cooperation as well as promoting socio-economic development of Malaysia. Malaysia will focus on the strengthening of economic diplomacy for the promotion of its trade, investment and tourism potential.
The main focus of the bilateral diplomacy will be to maintain and enhance sound bilateral political relations, promote trade and investment, intensify cooperation and capacity building in various fields, implement infrastructure development and promote peace and stability.
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