France congratulates the Malaysian people on the smooth unfolding of the election on May 9 and welcomes the peaceful transfer of power, which represents a democratic success for the country.
France offers its congratulations to the Prime Minister elect, Mahathir bin Mohamad, and wishes him the utmost success in his new term.
France has had strong, close ties with Malaysia since it gained independence in 1957. Indeed, Malaysia is a special partner of France within ASEAN, as demonstrated by the vitality of our economic relations and our close cooperation on defense and security. France intends to pursue and further deepen its cooperation with the new government in all of these areas.