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European defence expertise for Malaysia


France and Norway have offered their sophisticated military technology for Malaysia to further advance its military modernisation programmes.

The offers were made during separate meetings between Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and French President Francois Hollande and Norwegian leader Jen

Stoltenberg on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Summit.

Najib said Hollande, who asked for the meeting, considered Malaysia as an important country and emphasised the need to enhance and strengthen bilateral ties.

“Hollande said that France had the capabilities to supply various civilian and military products to Malaysia such as the Airbus and the Dassault Rafale fighter jets,” he told the Malaysian media at the end of the first day of the summit.

Najib said Air France would be flying directly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport from April and described this as a good development.

On his meeting with Stoltenberg, Najib said the Norwegian Prime Minister had offered Malaysia its ship-to-ship missiles aside from the latest technology in the oil and gas sector.

“Norway has the latest capability to double oil extraction rate and the use of sub-sea technology at a sea depth of 1,000m in oil and gas extraction process and they want to share this with Malaysia,” he said.

Najib, who also held bilateral discussions with Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, said his counterpart had invited him to attend the D-8 Summit on November 22.

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