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TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN HONOURABLE DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MALAYSIA AND HIS EXCELLENCY DR.S.JAISHANKAR MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OF INDIA
Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs Malaysia held a telephone conversation with his Indian counterpart, H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India on 13 April 2020 at 1230 hours. H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar congratulated the former on his appointment as Foreign Minister of Malaysia. Both Ministers shared similar sentiment about the long-standing bilateral relations and strategic partnership between Malaysia and India as well as people-to-people ties dated back to the early days prior to both countries’ independence.
It was followed by discussions on COVID-19 pandemic. Both Ministers expressed their appreciation towards each other’s Government for the assistance rendered during this challenging time, particularly to their diaspora residing in Malaysia and India, respectively. On the issue of stranded nationals, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia extended his sincere appreciation to the Government of India in allowing eighteen (18) rescue flights to repatriate 2,876 stranded Malaysians from India. Another rescue flight bound for Chennai was scheduled for 14 April 2020. Both Ministers discussed on the arrangement for Malaysians still under quarantine in India to be repatriated to Malaysia once their quarantine ended.
Both Ministers agreed it was critical for Malaysia and India to work together to contain the spread of the virus. They reiterated their commitment to overcome the pandemic in the overall interests of both countries as well as the global community.
PUTRAJAYA 13 April 2020