Colombia–Malaysia relations

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Colombia–Malaysia relations
Map indicating locations of Colombia and Malaysia



Colombia–Malaysia relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between the countries of Colombia and Malaysia. Colombia maintains an embassy in Kuala Lumpur, while the embassy of Malaysia in Lima, Peru is accredited to Colombia.[1][2]

Diplomatic relations between the two countries began on 19 August 1978. Both countries are members of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council in which Malaysia largely supported Colombia's acceptance in 1994.[1] The countries both belong to the Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries which is a preferential trade agreement that was signed in 1989.[3]

Both countries agree on the importance of co-operating on issues such as the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, the fight against the world drug problem, and strengthening relations between the countries of the Pacific basin.[1]

United Nations[edit]

In 1989, proposed to the UN that an international military be organised to counter private drug cartels and armies to aid countries such as Colombia.[4]

On 27 October 1990, the two countries along with Cuba and Yemen voiced concerns over a UN resolution that would make Iraq responsible for financial repercussions relating to the Invasion of Kuwait.[5] Eventually an agreement was made to increase pressure on President Saddam Hussein to withdraw from Kuwait and end the Gulf War.[5] The war would eventually end on 28 February 1991 with the intervention of the Coalition of the Gulf War. Although Malaysia and Columbia supported the UN's authorised use of force against Iraq, neither countries participated directly in the Coalition.[6]

In 2006, both countries applied to the United Nations Environmental Programme during the Montreal Protocol for International Strengthening (IS).[7] The committee's reviewed their applications together and approved $275,000 in funding for both countries.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Relaciones bilaterales" (in Spanish). Embassy of the Republic of Colombia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Embajada de Colombia en Malasia". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Colombia) (in Spanish). Embassy of Colombia in Malaysia. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Regions and Trade Organizations". U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Malaysia's Drug Barons". Reuters. Kuala Lumpur. 18 September 1989. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lewis, Paul (27 October 1990). "MIDEAST TENSIONS; U.N. Council Appears Close to Accord on a Tougher Stance Against Iraq". The New York Times. p. 5. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Ehrlich, Richard S (October 1992). "Malaysia -- New Internationalist". New Internationalist Magazine. pp. ISSUE 236. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "UNDP'S WORK PROGRAMME AMENDMENTS FOR 2011" (PDF). United Nations Environment Programme. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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