Malaysia backs mediation efforts by Kuwait, says official
September 03 2017 12:01 AM
Chargé d'affaires Mohamed Shahir bin Sabarudin delivers a speech during the celebration of Malaysia's National Day yesterday. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam.

Malaysia is looking forward to the speedy resolution of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, an official from the Malaysian embassy has said.
“Qatar is a very important partner and we enjoy good bilateral relations with the state and also the neighbouring countries. Amid the Gulf crisis, we are supporting quick mediation; and we are hoping that all countries involved would be able to find an amicable solution to this crisis,” chargé d'affaires Mohamed Shahir bin Sabarudin said.
Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of Malaysia’s National Day celebrations yesterday, Sabarudin noted that the embassy foresees that “much can be addressed to enhance closer relations between both countries,” citing the visit of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in February and in May, respectively.

A band performs during the celebration of Malaysia's National Day in Doha yesterday. 

In a speech during yesterday’s ceremony, Sabarudin said many Malaysians celebrated National Day 2017 “in an overwhelming expression of love for their motherland and solidarity, reminiscent of their forefathers’ patriotism and unity at the time the nation gained independence.”
Sabarudin emphasised that the National Day celebration, which coincides with Eid al-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) commemorates the sacrifices made by Malaysians 60 years ago to gain independence from the British Empire in August 31, 1957.
“Malaysia’s independence begins with a noble struggle and unparalleled sacrifice, so in conjunction with Eid al-Adha, it requires our sacrifices, in which, we are here in Qatar – leaving our beloved family in Malaysia – to share our expertise, as well as to portray a good image of our nation. In this respect, it is important to show our dedication while we are serving in Qatar,” he stressed.
According to Sabarudin, the Malaysian community in Qatar is spread across the oil and gas, aviation, and services sector.
He added: “I urge all 5,000 Malaysians in Qatar to rise and to work together to show our commitment and expertise, as well as to extend assistance among each other in accordance to the theme of our National Day this year: ‘Negaraku: Sehati Sejiwa’ (My Country: One Heart, One Soul), regardless of race, religion, language or culture.”

Last updated: September 03 2017 05:19 PM

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