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#Semasa: 500 years of friendship and brotherhood, Malaysia-Turkiye relations thrive on

by M.Daim

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 SEPT – Turkiye’s National Defence Minister, Yaşar Güler, emphasized that both countries have a fraternal bond despite being in distant corners of the world.

“The relationship that has endured from the past until now has paved the way for various aspects of cooperation and excellent relations between countries,” he said in a speech shared by Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense.

The speech was made by Yaşar when attending the 66th Malaysia Day reception ceremony in Turkiye recently.

He mentioned that Malaysia is one of their biggest strategic partners in the Southeast Asian region.

Furthermore, military and defence industry cooperation between Malaysia and Turkey has been progressing year by year.

One for the album – Minister of National Defence, Yaşar Güler attended 66th Malaysia’s National Day reception. Photo: Ministry of National Defence

“The joint projects carried out by both parties recently are based on mutual benefits,” he added.

“Activities between defence companies in Turkey and Malaysia have contributed to the development of relations between the two countries. Additionally, joint exercises, training, and initiatives between the Turkish and Malaysian forces will continue,” he said.

He further added that the close relationship between Putrajaya and Ankara can be seen in the efforts of both countries during disasters.

“Turkey, along with its brother Malaysia, after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2004,

“Malaysia, in turn, extended assistance during the first earthquake disaster that hit (Turkey) on February 6,” he said.

Previously, Malaysia had sent the Malaysian Specialized Search and Rescue Team (SMART) to Gaziantep. The team was mobilized to carry out search and rescue (SAR) missions for earthquake victims in the area.

Malaysia Field Hospital (Hospital Medan Malaysia) based in Celikhan was a part of Ops Starlight 2. Photo: Malaysia Joint Force HQ

SMART’s involvement in the earthquake SAR mission in early February 2023 was the second time after a similar natural disaster hit Izmit in 1999.

The SAR team also included medical officers from the Royal Medical Corps (RMC) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), and the Civil Defence Force (APM).

In addition, the ATM launched OP Starlight II to operate the Malaysian Field Hospital in Celikhan. This operation involved 106 officers and members to provide medical assistance to earthquake victims.

OP Starlight II also involved the deployment of 2 A400M aircraft operated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Recalling the assistance provided by Malaysia, Yaşar expressed appreciation to the rescue teams, medical personnel, the people, and the government of Malaysia.

At the same time, he also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his visit to the disaster zone.

Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim visited earthquake disaster site at Gaziantep, Turkiye. Photo: Prime Minister’s Office

“The trust and support between each other inspire us to further enhance bilateral relations in the future.

“I sincerely believe that the friendship and brotherhood between Turkey and Malaysia will continue to grow in the future,” said Turkey’s National Defense Minister.

Yaşar added that Malaysia and Turkey will celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

“Our goal is to enhance friendship and cooperation between the two countries to a higher level,” he said. – airtimes.my

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