New govt eyes end to India palm oil spat within a month

India this year set curbs on palm oil purchases from Malaysia following comments by Dr Mahathir Mohamad criticising New Delhi’s policy on Kashmir.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia aims to resolve its palm oil spat with India within a month, the new minister of plantation industries and commodities said today.

Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali added that he wanted to send a delegation to India as soon as possible in an effort to improve ties between the two countries.

India, the world’s biggest consumer of edible oil, this year set curbs on palm oil purchases from Malaysia in retaliation for comments by then-prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, criticising New Delhi’s policy on the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

New prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin took office last month after Mahathir’s unexpected resignation.