KUALA LUMPUR: The new Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Zakri Jaafar, offered his letter of credence and the letter of recall of his predecessor to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday (Nov 25) in a digital ceremony held at Buckingham Palace in London.
The Malaysian High Commission in London stated in a press release issued on Thursday that throughout the ceremony, Zakri acknowledged he was deeply honoured to be appointed to the place and would endeavour to deepen and broaden the friendship and cooperation between Malaysia and the UK.
He conveyed to Her Majesty cordial greetings from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
He additionally prolonged greatest needs to the federal government and folks of the UK on behalf of the federal government and folks of Malaysia.
Zakri is a senior profession diplomat who has served within the Foreign Ministry since 1992, the assertion stated.
Prior to his project because the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK, the diplomat had served as Malaysian Ambassador to Jordan from 2014 to 2017 and to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2017 to May this 12 months.
Established in 1957, diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the UK have been substantive and broad-based encompassing a variety of areas together with commerce and funding, defence and safety, schooling and coaching, local weather change, tradition and tourism, and people-to-people relations.
The assertion stated the UK stays an necessary commerce and financial companion for Malaysia with optimistic bilateral commerce for the previous 10 years.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, commerce quantity elevated by 1.4% to RM16.69bil final 12 months over 2019, with exports to the UK valued at roughly RM10bil and imports at RM6.71bil.
From January to September this 12 months, complete commerce with the UK elevated by 4.9% to RM12.59bil towards the identical interval final 12 months. – Bernama