Zahid on work­ing visit to Aus­tralia

New Straits Times - - News/Govt & Policy -

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

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