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DEEP-ROOTED SAUDI-MALAYSIAN TIES HAILED

Syeda Amtul, Saudi Gazette

 

JEDDAH — The Malaysian Consulate General in Jeddah organized a reception on Thursday to mark the country’s 56th National Day at Hilton Hotel.

 

Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom Datuk Syed Omar Alsaggaf and Consul General Mohd Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak cut the ceremonial cake to mark the occasion.

 

Salim Omar Bashahid, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the guest of honor at the event, which was attended by government officials, diplomats from several countries, local businessmen and members of the Malaysian community.

Abdul Razak made the welcome speech, which was followed by the playing of the Malaysian and Saudi national anthems. He later spoke about the strong relationship between the two countries.

 

“Malaysia and Saudi Arabia enjoy close brotherly relations that are rooted in our common faith and derive their strength from a shared vision and commonality of interests. I am pleased that Malaysia’s bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia have continued to be warm and friendly with the two countries enjoying unprecedented levels of win-win cooperation in the political, economic and strategic spheres,” he said.

 

According to Abdul Razak, trade and investment continue to grow and expand. Bilateral trade rose from $260 million in 1990 to $3.69 billion in 2012 with Saudi Arabia becoming Malaysia’s 19th largest trading partner, 22nd largest export destination and 16th largest source of imports.

 

He congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman and the government and people of Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s National Day. He also congratulated his fellow countrymen living and working in the Kingdom.