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Malaysia infotech balm

Kuala Lumpur, May 11 (PTI): Malaysian minister for works Samy Vellu will hold high-level talks in New Delhi tomorrow aimed at soothing bilateral ties strained by the detention of Indian IT professionals in Kuala Lumpur in March.

The talks will also aim at getting approval for more flights to India.

Vellu, charged with the task of getting the Malaysian government back in India’s good books, will deliver a letter from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed to his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

This is the first official visit from Malaysia since the March incident when police detained around 270 Indian IT professionals through they had valid visas and passports.

The minister will hold a meeting with foreign minister Yashwant Sinha. “We need more flights to India as there are a lot of people flying from Malaysia to India,” Vellu said before leaving for Delhi.

“There are over 40,000 Indians working in Malaysia. India is an attractive tourist destination. Malaysians go to India for pilgrimages and a lot of people come from Los Angeles to Malaysia and then go to India.”

The minister said the cancellation of additional flying rights earlier given to Malaysian airlines is due to India’s unhappiness over the March incident.

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