Germany and Malaysia
Political relations between Malaysia and Germany are close and friendly and are based principally on the two countries’ intensive economic relations. Germany sees Malaysia as an important partner in South-East Asia and as a prominent representative of the Islamic world.
The first-ever visit to Malaysia by a German Head of Government was in May 2003, by then Federal Chancellor Schröder at the invitation of then Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir. The Malaysian Prime Minister had visited Berlin and Munich in March 2002. Mahathir’s successor, Abdullah Badawi, visited Germany in May 2005 for talks with then Federal Chancellor Schröder. In September 2006, he met with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the European-Asian summit (ASEM) in Helsinki. Federal Chancellor Merkel met for the first time with Prime Minister Najib (2009 - 2018) on the sidelines of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010. In August 2010, Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle met with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah for talks in Berlin. Former Prime Minister Najib was on an official visit to Germany from 26.-28.9.2016.