‘Visit proves our lead­er­ship recog­nised glob­ally’

New Straits Times - - News -

KLUANG: King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa, who ar­rived in Kuala Lumpur last night for a four-day state visit, will be the first Bahrain ruler to visit Malaysia af­ter 43 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein, who will be the min­is­ter-in-wait­ing, said the visit proved that Malaysia was an im­por­tant na­tion, and that the coun­try’s lead­er­ship was recog­nised glob­ally.

“The re­cent visit by Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al Saud and now King

Ha­mad is proof of Malaysia’s suc­cess in var­i­ous as­pects, in­clud­ing its lead­er­ship that is glob­ally recog­nised.

“This also shows we are on the right track.”

He said dur­ing the visit, co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing de­fence and intelligence, econ­omy, in­dus­try, re­li­gion, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism, would be the main fo­cus.

“The visit will also be a plat­form for both coun­tries to dis­cuss cur­rent is­sues, in­clud­ing the threat of ter­ror ide­ol­ogy, es­pe­cially from the Is­lamic State, which is spread­ing around the world.”

He was speak­ing to the me­dia af­ter clos­ing the Health Min­istry’s “Ziarah Kasih Sayang” pro­gramme in Ta­man Sri Lam­bak here.

King Ha­mad Isa Al Khal­ifa

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