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India, Malaysia Ink 7 Pacts, PM Modi For Enhanced Strategic Partnership

Agreements were also inked for cooperation in the field of sports and mutual recognition of the educational qualifications of the two nations.

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Updated:April 1, 2017, 10:37 PM IST
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India, Malaysia Ink 7 Pacts, PM Modi For Enhanced Strategic Partnership
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcoming the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak at the ceremonial reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 01, 2017. Photo PIB.

New Delhi: India and Malaysia on Saturday inked seven pacts, including an air services agreement and a mutual recognition of educational qualifications of the two nations.

The pacts were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Abdul Razak who is here on a state visit.

"I would like more Indians to visit Malaysia and I have informed the Prime Minister that we have decided to allow no visa fee, online application approval within 48 hours and multiple entry to be accorded for Indian nationals," Najib said.

Meanwhile, PM Modi in his statementr reffered to India's civilizational ties with Malaysia.

"Our links with Malaysia have been civilizational and historic. Our relationship is rich and diverse.Our societies bond at many levels.Ties of culture and religion provide a strong connect between our people. The contributions of a large Indian community in Malaysia are of special value. They have not only nurtured our shared heritage. They have also been a strong driver of economic and people to people connectivity between our two countries.Prime Minister Najib and I had jointly inaugurated the Torana Gate in Kuala Lumpur during my last visit. Modelled on the Torana Gates of the Sanchi Stupa this stands as a symbol of our abiding friendship," PM Modi said.

The PM Modi further said, "In our extensive conversation today, Prime Minister Najib and I took stock of the full range of our cultural, economic and strategic engagement.We took note of the steady progress in implementation of key decisions taken by us during my visit to Malaysia in November 2015 and we agreed on a shared vision to enhance our strategic partnership. A vision that prioritizes an action oriented approach.In this effort, deepening the existing areas of cooperation, and charting new territory of engagement are among our key objectives.

Apart from the air services agreement, the two nations signed an MoU on cooperation in the development of the proposed 2.5 MT per annum urea and ammonia manufacturing plant in Malaysia.

India has also proposed to offtake the existing surplus urea from Malaysia.

Agreements were also inked for cooperation in the field of sports and mutual recognition of the educational qualifications of the two nations.

A pact was also inked wherein Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad will carry out training and other capacity building programmes on behalf of the Human Resource Development, Malaysia.

An agreement was also signed for technology development in the field of palm oil and implementation of fourth generation technology park in Andhra Pradesh.

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