Malaysian Embassy celebrates National Day

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Malaysian Embassy to Jordan on Wednesday celebrated Malaysia National Day, in the presence of Minister of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, Mohammad Khalayleh, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Addressing the ceremony, embassy Chargé d'Affairs Wan Faizatul Afzan Ismayatim expressed "deepest sympathy, solidarity and condolences to the Government of Jordan for the recent incident of a building collapsing in Jabal Luweibdeh. We would also like to wish full and speedy recovery for the injuries."

On her country's National Day, she said: "It is a time to remember the struggles and sacrifices of the past, and look towards the future. This year, the theme for the National Day and Malaysia Day is "Malaysian Family Strong Together."

"The theme refers to people of Malaysia being united and living in peace, feeling included and thankful, as well as achieving and maintaining cohesiveness and strength together. The logo symbolized Malaysia’s infrastructure, communication system and digitalization progress. The theme and logo are highly relevant as Malaysia moving forward after two years of trials and tribulations caused by COVID–19," Ismayatim said.

The diplomat said Malaysia and Jordan established their diplomatic relations in 1965. Malaysia established its Embassy in Amman in 1995 and Jordan established its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 1997.

She added that both Malaysia and Jordan are close partners, and have cooperated in many areas of mutual interest at the international platforms under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). This relationship continues to grow from strength to strength.

Joint economic ties are robust. Jordan is one of Malaysia’s important trade and economic partners in the West Asia region, and is Malaysia’s 11th largest trading partner among the West Asian countries, she pointed out.

For the period of January to October 2021, despite the disruptions caused by COVID–19, the total trade between Malaysia and Jordan amounted to 222.7 million US dollars, an increased by 7.3 percent from the previous year. It is expected that total trade between the two countries will continue to grow as countries are reopening their international borders, she added.
Aside from economic aspects, Ismayatim said Malaysia and Jordan are also cooperating in various areas of mutual interest, including agriculture, manufacturing, Islamic Banking and Finance, health, tourism, defense, education, transport, science and technology, youth and sports.

Jordan is one of the recipients of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP) since 1986. As of July 2022, a total of 482 Jordanian participants have enrolled various programs under the MTCP, the diplomat noted.

On this note, she said Malaysia is glad to hear that the participants have benefited from the programs though it was held online due to the pandemic. Recently, on 30 August 2022, the Embassy hosted all 40 Jordanian MTCP alumni who had successfully completed their programs this year.

In the area of education, she expressed pleasure to announce that currently there are 1,224 Malaysian students studying in various universities in Jordan, and another 610 students will be coming to Jordan later this month to further their study on various courses such Arabic language, Islamic studies, Islamic banking and medicines.

On the other hand, she said there are about 1,606 Jordanian students studying in various courses across universities in Malaysia.

She also voiced pleasure to inform that Education Malaysia Jordan, under its Research@EducationMalaysia4U initiative, has matched 81 research projects between Malaysia and Jordan to enhance research collaboration between academicians.

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