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Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (right) greets his Palestinian counterpart Dr Riad Malki at Wisma Putra. Bernama pix.

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Palestine have reaffirmed to further strengthen the warm and close bilateral relations between both countries.

Wisma Putra, in a statement, released today in conjunction with the courtesy call by Palestine Foreign Minister Dr Riad Malki to Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman here, said that both leaders were expected to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Malki is on his two-day visit to Malaysia beginning today to attend the International Conference on Blue Ocean Strategy in Putrajaya which kicked off Tuesday until Aug 18 on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Wisma Putra statement said Malaysia remained steadfast in voicing its support for the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in various international forums for the past five decades.

These include at the United Nations (UN), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Malaysia has consistently rendered assistance and contributions to Palestine, both in cash and in kind, to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians,” it said.

Malaysia had channelled these via multilateral organisations such as the UN and OIC through government-to-government (G-2-G) channels or through Malaysia’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it said.

In addition, Wisma Putra added the Malaysian government was also involved in several humanitarian projects in Gaza.--BERNAMA