Malaysian agriculture min. to visit Tehran soon

TEHRAN, Feb. 04 (MNA) – Minister of agriculture and agro-based industries of Malaysia will head a 25-strong delegation to Tehran next week in a bid to expand bilateral ties.

During his three-day stay in Tehran, Malaysia’s Mah Siew Keong will meet and talk with Iranian officials like Minister of Industry, and Mines and Trade Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati as well as Head of Commission on Healthcare in the Iranian Parliament Ali Nobakht Haghighi.

Concurrent with the visit, a seminar will be held on wood and an exhibition and seminar on benefits of palm oil will be held as the Malaysian officials with discuss with Iranians revival of regional palm oil office in Tehran and upgrade cooperation in caoutchouc.

Prior to Iran, the minister visited India and held talks with the country’s officials on expansion of cooperation.

In its 2017 budget bill, the Malaysian government has paid particular attention to development of exports in caoutchouc, palm oil as well as wood and the upcoming visit of Siew Keong to Tehran will be in line with the same policy.

Almost 72 million dollars have been allocated for bringing about a rise in Malaysia’s exports of the three products, a figure which indicates the importance the Malaysian government attaches to this particular economic sector.

Iran, as a traditional importer of palm oil from Malaysia, has decreased the imports figure in recent year due to certain claims on unhealthiness of the product.

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