On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in San Francisco, United States of America.
The leaders celebrated the strong relationship and people-to-people ties between Canada and Malaysia, and the growing trade and investment links between our two countries.
The prime ministers discussed the progress on implementing Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. They explored areas where Canada and Malaysia can deepen co-operation, including on nuclear energy, education, and good governance. They welcomed the significant agreement, signed on the margins of the APEC Summit, for Canadian company BlackBerry to provide cybersecurity-related products and services to the Government of Malaysia.
Developing clean energy, strengthening cybersecurity, growing our economies – @AnwarIbrahim and I share these and other priorities. Today, we spoke about how we can keep making progress on them together. We also discussed global issues, and agreed to remain in contact. pic.twitter.com/dTm5vTcOXK
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 17, 2023
Prime Minister Trudeau expressed grave concern over the escalation in the Middle East and the troubling global rise of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab discrimination. The Prime Minister unequivocally condemned Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel. He raised Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law, and expressed deep concerns over the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. He emphasized the need to protect civilians and the importance of ensuring unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian aid for civilians.
The leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Trudeau condemned Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war against Ukraine and emphasized the need to hold Russia accountable for its brutal military aggression.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Anwar agreed to stay in close contact and looked forward to ongoing collaboration.