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The main objectives of the Department of Bilateral Affairs are to inculcate, preserve and enhance strong bilateral ties with all countries regardless of their political and economic systems. The bilateral relations which the Department are involved in cover the spheres of politics and security; economy and trade; social and cultural; and science and technology.
The Department’s primary focus is also to promote and to develop, preserve and protect Malaysia’s interests and image as a peaceful and prosperous country. This is grounded on Malaysia’s position that a peaceful environment will facilitate more rapid socio-economic development in all countries.
This Department is divided into 8 Divisions. Among the functions and responsibilities of the various Divisions are:
a) Negotiate on issues of common interests with other countries; and to develop relations with foreign missions in Malaysia;
b) Monitor and prepare reports and evaluations on political and economic developments as well as on other matters that relate to foreign countries which have implications on Malaysia’s interests;
c) Implement all Government decisions and instructions in protecting Malaysia’s bilateral relations with other countries in line with Malaysia’s foreign policy; and
d) Arrange incoming visits by foreign Heads of State, Heads of Government, and foreign ministers and outgoing visits by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.