Malaysia is the world's second biggest producer and exporter of palm oil (REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File Photo)

Malaysia said on Tuesday that India’s move to cut back on palm oil purchases from the Southeast Asian nation is “temporary” and will be resolved amicably between the two nations.

Last month, India restricted imports of refined palm oil and asked importers to avoid purchases from Malaysia after its criticism of India’s actions in Kashmir and a new citizenship law.

“Having long-standing bilateral ties, the two nations will overcome the current challenges, and prevail towards mutual and beneficial outcomes,” the Malaysian Palm Oil Council said in a statement, citing Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, meanwhile, said that their country will do its best to buy more palm oil from Malaysia.

Last year Pakistan bought 1.1 million tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia, the world’s second biggest producer and exporter of the edible oil. Malaysia’s push to implement B20 biodiesel starting this month will also help sustain high crude palm oil prices, the statement read.

(Reuters)