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Malaysia ready to buy military equipment from Turkey, says Anwar

The prime minister says the nature of the purchases will be left to the armed forces to decide.

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Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Turkish House in New York, Sept 21. Photo: Facebook
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Turkish House in New York, Sept 21. Photo: Facebook

Malaysia has expressed its willingness to purchase military equipment from Turkey, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says.

Anwar said prior to this, some of Malaysia’s military equipment had been purchased from South Korea.

He said the choice of suitable purchases from Turkey would be decided by the Malaysian Armed Forces Council.

"We could be looking at drones and helicopters… according to Turkey's area of specialisation. However, I will leave it to the armed forces on what is best," he said after a bilateral meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Turkish House in New York today.

Anwar is currently in New York to attend the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The prime minister said it would be left to the defence ministry to hold negotiations with the finance ministry and the Turkish government on the purchase of military equipment. 

"My policy as I told the joint chief of staff is we don’t want any interference on what to procure, what to acquire," he said. 

Anwar said Erdogan had also agreed to visit Malaysia in December.

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