Zahid on working visit to Australia
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is on a four-day working visit to Australia from yesterday to Wednesday to strengthen bilateral relations on matters related to security, counterterrorism and transnational crimes.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry yesterday, during the visit — Zahid’s first since assuming the post of deputy prime minister in July 2015 and at the invitation of Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton — he will exchange views with Australian leaders on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Zahid, who is scheduled to visit Canberra and Sydney, is accompanied by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Kujat and senior government officials.
In Canberra, Zahid, who is also home minister, will pay a courtesy call on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Justice Minister Michael Keenan.
In Sydney, Zahid will make a courtesy call on New South Wales Governor David Hurley and visit the Australian Border Force College.
He will meet Malaysian students in Sydney before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
From January to February, trade between Malaysia and Australia had increased by 38 per cent to US$1.98 billion (RM8.59 billion), compared with the same period last year. Bernama