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 the May 2003 visit by then Federal Chancellor Schröder at the invitation of then Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, who 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 the current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib (in office since April 2009) 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. Prime Minister Najib visited Germany 26.-28.9.2016. It was his first visit to Germany as a Prime Minister.