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TO PROMOTE LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
IN FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
27 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER 2022
Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Saifuddin Abdullah will undertake a visit to Germany in conjunction with the Special Programme to Promote Language and Cultural Diplomacy from 27 September to 2 October 2022. YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as two (2) prominent academicians from the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
This special programme in Germany will provide an opportunity for YB Minister of Foreign Affairs to meet his counterpart, to participate in a Roundtable Discussion (RTD) entitled “Peaceful Coexistence in the Post-Pandemic Era” as well as lecture series entitled “Social Cohesion: Moving Beyond the Frame of Conflict and Consensus” in Berlin and Frankfurt. Professor Ulung Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharudin and Professor Datuk Dr. Anis Yusal Yusoff from UKM will participate in both RTD and lecture series in the said cities. This programme is expected to provide an avenue to further promoting Malaysia’s foreign policy priority areas of Cultural Diplomacy and Peaceful Coexistence.
During the first leg of the visit to Berlin on 28-29 September 2022, YB Minister of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to meet H.E Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister of Germany, to take stock of the progress in furthering the long-standing multifaceted cooperation between the two (2) countries. This meeting would also provide an opportunity for both Ministers to further discuss and exchange views on the philosophy of Peaceful Coexistence, cooperation in the field of culture, ASEAN cooperation as well as inter-regional and international issues of mutual interest. Subsequently, YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in a RTD at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Europe (IISS). He is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a lecture series at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Berlin.
In the second leg of the visit to Frankfurt on 30 September-1 October 2022, YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in a RTD at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). He is also scheduled to speak in a lecture at Romanfabrik, a renowned cultural centre that has historically hosted numerous personalities. In a separate session, YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will be joining a Gala Dinner organised by the Sarawak State Government and Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) in conjunction with the 65th Anniversary of Malaysia-Germany Bilateral Relationship.
Germany is Malaysia’s largest trading partner, export destination and source of import from the EU in 2021. In 2021, Malaysia’s total trade with Germany amounted to RM53.95 billion (USD13.02 billion) compared to RM47.92 billion (USD11.42 billion) in 2020. The trade balance is in Malaysia’s favour.
28 September 2022