Malaysian High Commissioner to UK presents credentials to Queen Elizabeth II

KUALA LUMPUR: The new Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Zakri Jaafar, presented his letter of credence and the letter of recall of his predecessor to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday (Nov 25) in a virtual ceremony held at Buckingham Palace in London.

The Malaysian High Commission in London said in a statement issued on Thursday that during the ceremony, Zakri stated he was deeply honoured to be appointed to the position and would endeavour to deepen and expand 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 also extended best wishes to the government and people of the UK on behalf of the government and people of Malaysia.

Zakri is a senior career diplomat who has served in the Foreign Ministry since 1992, the statement said.

Prior to his assignment as 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 year.

Established in 1957, diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the UK have been substantive and broad-based encompassing a wide range of areas including trade and investment, defence and security, education and training, climate change, culture and tourism, and people-to-people relations.

The statement said the UK remains an important trade and economic partner for Malaysia with positive bilateral trade for the past 10 years.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, trade volume increased by 1.4% to RM16.69bil last year over 2019, with exports to the UK valued at approximately RM10bil and imports at RM6.71bil.

From January to September this year, total trade with the UK increased by 4.9% to RM12.59bil against the same period last year. – Bernama

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