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King Salman, Najib discuss bilateral issues, improvements in Malaysia-Saudi cooperation

PUTRAJAYA: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib today held talks on various issues pertaining to bilateral issues as well as improvements in cooperation in various areas.

The Saudi ruler, who is on a four-day state visit here, arrived at Seri Perdana at 2.30pm, and was greeted upon arrival by the prime minister.

Among the main items on the agenda include issues related to the haj and the annual quota of Malaysian pilgrims.

After the meeting, King Salman will witness the signing of four important memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Malaysian and Saudi governments.

The MoUs involve scientific, educational and economic cooperation, labour and human resources, and the exchange of news between Bernama and the Saudi Press Agency.

King Salman is also scheduled to grace an official reception hosted by Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, at Seri Perdana.

This evening, Universiti Malaya is expected to confer an honorary Doctor of Letters on King Salman, and the International Islamic University of Malaysia will be awarding an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science tomorrow.

Saudi Arabia is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner in the Middle East.

Nearly 60 per cent of Malaysia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia comprised palm oil and palm-based products; machinery equipment and parts; processed food; and electrical and electronic products.-nst

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