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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th September 2010.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of UK relations with Malaysia; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Our close relations with Malaysia are founded on strong cultural and historical connections. We have significant trade, defence and education links, share membership of the Commonwealth and regularly cooperate on a range of shared priorities. We are committed to strengthening our relations further as part of our enhanced engagement with the world's emerging powers. This is already under way:

my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met Foreign Minister Anifah on 2 August; and my noble Friend right hon. Lord Howell of Guildford visited Malaysia on 11 August.

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