Ismail Sabri departed for the UAE from New York

Ismail Sabri departed for the UAE from New York

NEW YORK: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday after concluding a four-day working visit to the United States where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He arrived in the city on Thursday to join other world leaders from more than 150 countries at the 77th Session of the UNGA.

Speaking in Malay, which was used for the first time by a Malaysian leader at the UNGA, Ismail Sabri delivered the State Statement on Friday which saw him touch on various international issues including conflicts in Ukraine, Myanmar and Palestine in addition to food security and climate change.

He also suggested the creation of an International Monetary Cooperation Mechanism following the increase in inflation at the global level.

This is the Prime Minister’s second appearance at the UN after attending the 76th session virtually last year following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outside the UNGA, the Prime Minister met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

While in New York, he also hosted the Malaysian Family dinner for the Malaysian diaspora in the United States.

The second part of Ismail Sabri’s working visit is a four-day visit to the UAE from 26 to 29 Sept.

He is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

This is the first meeting between the two leaders since the appointment of Sheikh Mohamed as the new President of the UAE on May 14.

The main discussion agenda between the two leaders was to explore potential areas of cooperation to further strengthen the various joint ventures that have been established between Malaysia and the UAE for a long time.

During the visit, Ismail Sabri is scheduled to visit the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) where the main focus is the potential collaboration between the company and Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Bhd) in the fields of oil and gas and renewable energy.

In 2021, the UAE is Malaysia’s largest trading partner, second largest export destination and second largest source of imports among Middle Eastern countries.

For 2021, the total value of Malaysia’s trade with the UAE increased by 7.9 percent to RM22.29 billion (US$5.38 billion) compared to RM20.65 billion (US$4.93 billion) in 2020.

source – BERNAMA

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