Last Updated: 2013-11-13
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By M. Saraswathi

NEW DELHI, India Nov 12 (NNN-Bernama) -- Malaysia is keen to strengthen its ties in an array of areas with European countries such as Lithuania and Romania, said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

"This (looking towards these countries in Europe) is something that we have not done before, but they are now growing and looking outwards, which means greater opportunities.

"Hence, Putrajaya is keen on strengthening the ties between governments, as well as in terms of trade and investments," he told Bernama after meeting Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius and Romania's Foreign Minister, Titus Corlaţean here today.

This followed a bilateral meeting with his counterparts from there.

Anifah said that at the meeting, they discussed how best to improve their
relationship and work closely.

"We talked about economic ties, trade and investment and how to get more business people involved between the countries," he told Bernama on the sidelines of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) Foreign Ministers' Meeting which ends here Tuesday.

Specifically for Lithuania, Anifah said they were keen to promote medical
studies in Malaysia.

"I said we will look into it (medical studies) and study closely. They also
want to promote their tourism industry," he added.

Lithuania is located in Northern Europe, while Romania is at the intersection of Central and Southeastern Europe, bordering on the Black Sea.

On other development, the minister said he congratulated his Lithuania counterpart on winning the coveted seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) 2014-2015.

"They were thankful that Malaysia supported them and of course, they have agreed to reciprocate and will support us," he said.

Previously, Anifah said Malaysia would go all out to secure a seat in the
UNSC for the 2015-2016 term.