NA­JIB GETS WIDE COV­ER­AGE IN S. ARA­BIA

PM promi­nently fea­tured in ‘Al Jazi­rah’

New Straits Times - - News -

ADRIAN LAI

KUALA LUMPUR adri­an­lai@nst.com.my

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak was ac­corded extensive and prom­i­nent cov­er­age in the Saudi Ara­bian me­dia dur­ing his three-day work­ing visit to the king­dom, which ended on Mon­day.

Na­jib, who was in Saudi Ara­bia for the Arab-Is­lamic-Amer­i­can Sum­mit last week, was promi­nently fea­tured in Al Jazi­rah ,a daily Ara­bic news­pa­per pub­lished there.

The news­pa­per ran a three­p­age re­port on the his­toric sum­mit. One page was ded­i­cated to the prime min­is­ter, who was shown shak­ing hands and greet­ing Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al Saud.

Na­jib was also pic­tured along­side his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, hav­ing a cor­dial chat with the Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques and other state of­fi­cials.

Also fea­tured in the re­port were United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who made his first visit over­seas since he was elected to the Oval Of­fice, US First Lady Me­la­nia Trump and De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein.

Na­jib, who ended his third work­ing visit abroad in just over three weeks, was among five out of more than 50 world lead­ers to ad­dress the sum­mit.

The other four were Jor­dan, Egypt, In­done­sia and Kuwait.

Malaysia was also cho­sen by the Saudi gov­ern­ment to join nine other coun­tries in the de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of the Global Cen­tre For Com­bat­ing Ex­treme Ide­ol­ogy in Saudi Ara­bia.

Na­jib had said the visit would place Malaysia at the fore­front of global ef­forts to com­bat vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism.

Be­sides the sum­mit, the Riyadh so­journ also saw Na­jib hold bi­lat­eral talks with his coun­ter­parts from Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and Fayez al-Sar­raj from Libya. He had also at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Saudi-mooted Global Cen­tre for Com­bat­ing Ex­treme Ide­ol­ogy.

Both Malaysia and Saudi Ara­bia have en­joyed strong ties for decades, which were fur­ther ce­mented by King Sal­man’s his­toric four-day visit to Malaysia in March.

Among oth­ers, the king over­saw the sign­ing of deals worth US$65 bil­lion (RM288 bil­lion), be­sides a string of mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in trade and de­fence.

The ‘Al Jazi­rah’ cov­er­age of Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s visit to the Saudi king­dom.

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