Malaysia unites Islam with modernity: Schroeder

18th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2005, BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday hailed Malaysia as a model in uniting Islam with modernity, after talks with Malaysian prime minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi.

18 May 2005

BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday hailed Malaysia as a model in uniting Islam with modernity, after talks with Malaysian prime minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi.

"They have very successfully brought together values and economic ideas which we share," said Schroeder at a joint news conference in Berlin.

The chancellor added: "We believe that in this sense Malaysia can be seen as a good model."

Schroeder said other nations in the world should take a careful look at Malaysia and draw on its experience of "successfully uniting Islam with modernity."

Prime Minister Abdullah called for boosting bio-technology cooperation with Germany and for expanding both bilateral trade and investment.

He also urged Germany's Mittelstand - the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which form the country's economic backbone - to join a Malaysian initiative to expand its own SMEs.

Last year Germany's Volkswagen AG and Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad agreed a strategic partnership which includes the assembly of VW vehicles in Malaysia and technology sharing.

Asked about his talks with Iranian leaders on Tehran's nuclear programme earlier this month, Abdullah said he agreed with Chancellor Schroeder that Iran was "a problem" with regard to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

But he insisted that the Iranian government's goals were to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The Malaysian leader called for resolving the issue by a verifiable Iranian guarantee it would not build nuclear weapons.

DPA

Subject: German news

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