Monday, January 30, 2006

King Abdullah Visit Malaysia.

King Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Saud arrives for a three-day state visit to Malaysia beginning Jan 30, the third country that he visited after China and India on his four - nation Asian tour, which ends in Pakistan. He will be accompanied by a delegation comprising 11 cabinet ministers, 13 members of the royal family, senior government officials, private sector and media representatives.

The propose of the visit is to familiarize himself with leaders of the region after becoming the king and to discuss follow up action on the Programme of Action adopted at the third Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Mecca in December 2005 and to discuss issues of mutual interest.King Abdullah is scheduled to attend a State Banquet at Istana Negara and have bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi besides addressing a business forum organised by the Malaysian-Saudi Business Council.

Malaysia and Saudi Arabia would sign bilateral agreements in Scientific and Cultural Cooperation, Higher Education and agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion with respect to income tax.

King Abdullah would have a farewell audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail.

The King's last visit to Malaysia was in October 2003 as crown prince to attend the 10th OIC Summit in Putrajaya.

Wisma Putra said this would be a landmark visit to Malaysia by a Saudi Arabia King as the last state visit took place 36 years ago in June 1970 by the then King Al-Malik Faisal Abdul Aziz

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