His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, concluded Wednesday a four-day official visit to Malaysia.
During the visit, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had been received at the Istana Negara Palace in Kuala Lumpur by His Majesty King Al-Sultan Abdullah, where they spoke warmly about the close relations between the two nations.
His Majesty had also presented His Highness with two ceremonial medals in appreciation of his role in strengthening the longstanding ties of friendship between the UAE and Malaysia, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
His Highness had also met Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and discussed opportunities for cooperation to further deepen bilateral ties and benefit both countries and their people.
During the meeting, they agreed to launch two new academic and scientific research chairs at higher educational institutions in Kuala Lumpur: the Sheikh Zayed chair at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia, to enhance study and research into West Asia and Southeast Asia and support policy-making; and the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Chair at the National Defence University of Malaysia to further empower women and girls in the fields of peace and security, and peacekeeping missions at the United Nations.
Additionally, they discussed the establishment of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) between the UAE and Malaysia, and ways to expand economic cooperation between both countries in key areas including clean energy and climate action.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi also visited Wednesday the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2023), alongside His Majesty King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah of Malaysia, and the Regent of Pahang, Crown Prince Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah.
During the visit, H.H. Sheikh Khaled toured the stands of several maritime and aerospace technology companies taking part in the exhibition, including the UAE company EDGE Group. His Highness also viewed a number of air shows, including an aerobatics display by UAE team Al Fursan.
During the visit, Caracal, an EDGE Group Company, signed an agreement with Ketech Asia to enhance mutual cooperation and develop partnerships.
H.H. Sheikh Khaled was accompanied by a delegation that included Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport; Ahmed Jasem Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; and Khalid Ghanim Alghaith, UAE Ambassador to Malaysia.
The UAE and the Kingdom of Malaysia are steadfast in their efforts to build distinguished partnerships and foster them in all fields, especially in the field of defence, to achieve their common vision of consolidating the pillars of security and stability through exchanging experiences, WAM added.
The close cooperation between the two countries is reflected in the ongoing joint military exercises between the UAE and Malaysian armed forces, as well as in their collaborations in the field of military training.
Earlier this year, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and His Majesty Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, King of Malaysia, witnessed the conclusion of the “Desert Tiger 6” joint military exercise between the UAE and the Malaysian land forces, which took place in the UAE.
The two countries are also keen to enhance participation in specialised military, defence and security exhibitions and conferences. Last year, the UAE participated in the Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference (DSA), which was held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, Malaysia participates in IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions that are held in Abu Dhabi every two years.