North Syria-Malaysia relations
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North Syria-Malaysia relations (Arabic: العلاقات بين الشمال سوريا، ماليزيا, French: Rupparts Syrie du Nord-Malaisie, Malay: Hubungan Suriah Utara-Malaysia) refer to the diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Syria. Malaysian-North Syrian relations are currently positive, warm and cordial. Malaysia and North Syria currently see each other as important leaders in their respective regions.

Malaysia has an embassy in Aleppo, and a general consulate in Latakia, and North Syria has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

North Syrian and Malaysian stately visits are usual. The people of both nations also look highly to the cultural diversity in one another's nations. Like its southern neighbor Indonesia, Malaysia declared a state of neutrality during the Syrian Civil War but sent aid and supplies to the war-torn nation. Prime Minister Najib Razak stated that the Malaysian government would "play it by ear" on the outcome of the Syrian Civil War.

Malaysia and North Syria are both Muslim-majority nations and constitutional monarchies that follow the Westminster model of government and adopting progressive policies with the intent of improving technology and life in both nations. They also both have substantial overseas Indian populations. Muhsin el-Hussein, the prime minister of North Syria called for the peoples of North Syria and Malaysia to "intensify" relations in political, social and religious kinship.

Both nations are also involved in a teacher exchange program, Malaysians are employed into North Syria as English-language teachers. Malaysia is also a popular place for North Syrian students to learn English, as an alternative to traditional western countries such as United Kingdom, Canada or the United States. As for North Syrians, teachers are commonly employed by Malaysian schools to teach Arabic-language courses.

There are also high moments of intermarriage between the Arab royalty of North Syria into the Malay royalty in Malaysia. Three times, there have been nationally-covered weddings of North Syrian-Malaysian marriages.


During the wake of the most tense moments in the Syrian Civil War, many Southeast Asian countries declared states of neutrality. Of those countries, Malaysia was one of them, with Prime Minister Najib Razak stating that he'll "play it by ear" with the outcome of the Syrian Civil War.

On March 4, 2011, North Syria was granted its independence. Najib Razak sent Malaysian diplomats, to the safe-city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where the temporary government of North Syria was located, to talk about opening an embassy in the new Kingdom.

Due to the economic fallout of the Syrian Civil War, an embassy could not be immediately opened. The Malaysian government was one of the many governments to help and support the formation of the new nation, including funding aid projects, shelters as well as contributing to the building of the Royal Complex in Aleppo.

The Malaysian embassy in Aleppo was finally opened on November 30, 2012, followed by the North Syrian embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 4, 2012. A Treaty of Understanding was signed between North Syrian prime minister Muhsin el-Hussein and Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on December 5, a day after the North Syrian government opened its embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

On December 4, 2012, King Fahad made a state visit to Malaysia, meeting King Abdul-Halim of Kedah in a "meeting of two kings". The two discussed on how to improve relations between North Syria and the Southeast Asian countries.

On March 4, 2013, the Malaysian and North Syrian governments cooperated in enhancing employment and educational opportunities for citizens of the two nations. About 340 Malaysians were accepted into North Syrian colleges and 93 were employed by businesses in North Syria. About 101 North Syrians were accepted into Malaysian colleges, and 301 were employed in Malaysia.

On February 14, 2015, a Malaysian foreign student by the name of Esmail Jadillah was seriously injured during the ISIS attack on the Aleppo City Square. The Malaysian embassy in Aleppo, as well as the North Syrian government both agreed to pay for Jadillah's medical expenses, as well as his emergency flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Najib Razak declares a "state of solidarity" for the people of North Syria, and a Day of Mourning. Razak also attended the March to Peace in Aleppo in the aftermath of the attacks. The Malaysian government also offers aid to those recovering from the attacks, including a $11.5 million-worth of medical supplies, sending doctors and nurses to aid North Syrian medical professionals in helping traumatized citizens of the Kingdom recover.

On July 6, 2015, three North Syrian construction managers in Sarawak were injured in a mining accident. Najib Razak and Muhsin el-Hussein both cooperated in paying for their medical expenses.

On August 31, 2015, the Malaysian and North Syrian government announces a teacher-exchange program, where North Syrian educational businesses would hire overseas teachers from Malaysia to teach North Syrians the English language, while the North Syrian government sends teachers to Malaysia to teach Arabic courses. The North Embassy in Kuala Lumpur started offering functional Arabic courses to batches of students, as well as the Malaysian Armed Forces.

On November 1, 2015, North Syrian prince Yusuf Abdul-Issam marries a Malaysian princess from Selangor, by the name of Jamila. The wedding receives nationwide coverage in both North Syria and Malaysia, two celebrations are also held, one in Aleppo and the other in Kuala Lumpur.

On January 1, 2016, a Malaysian prince from Kelantan by the name of Jafaari Abdul-Halim marries a North Syrian princess by the name of Yasmine on New Years Day, the wedding took place in Putrajaya, and the celebration took place in Kuala Lumpur. Another celebration is held in Latakia and Aleppo in North Syria.

On March 4, 2016, a North Syrian prince by the name of Saleh marries a Malaysian princess from Johore.

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