KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-appointed Primary Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said Malaysia would strengthen its ties with India, particularly to boost palm oil exports.

Relations between the two countries became strained following a political row linked to criticism of New Delhi’s actions in Kashmir and India’s new citizenship law.

Mohd Khairuddin said the ministry would send a delegation to India as soon as possible to resolve the issue through negotiations.

“We will prepare a Cabinet paper, in which one of the proposals would be for (the Prime Minister) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to make an official visit and rebuild our ties with India particularly with regard to palm oil,” he told a press conference at the ministry here today. – Bernama