Malaysian Prime Minister Receives Saudi Arabia's Highest Award By Saudi King Abdullah

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Malaysian Prime Minister Receives Saudi Arabia's Highest Award by Saudi King Abdullah

RIYADH, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was conferred the King Abdulaziz

Sash Order of Merit of the First Class, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's highest

honour, by King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh, which the Saudi Press 

Agency (SPA) said "is granted to crown princes and prime ministers of 

brotherly and friendly countries".

    Notable leaders who received the award in the past include President

Barack Obama of the United States and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

    The event took place at the Conference Palace where Najib had an audience

with the Saudi King in conjunction with his official four-day state visit to

Saudi Arabia from Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th January.

    "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to His Majesty for the

award. I consider this as a manifestation of the close relations enjoyed

between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia," Najib told reporters before departing for

Abu Dhabi and on to India.

    Najib said the award also signified vast potential for cooperation that

could be forged between the two Islamic nations, not only for their common

benefit but also for the larger Muslim community.

    "We also appreciate that some parties in Saudi Arabia are keen to invest

in Malaysia, like PetroSaudi International Ltd which has established a joint

venture with 1Malaysia Development Bhd," he said.

    He had a two-hour discussion with Saudi King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud 

during which the King noted that he wanted Malaysia to be the gateway for

the country's interest in the region.

    King Abdullah discussed Malaysia's special relations with China and noted

that Malaysia can help it facilitate more trade links with the Asian giant.

    On King Abdullah's initiative for promoting inter-faith dialogue, Najib

said Malaysia too was keen on forging greater understanding among people of

many different faiths and beliefs. Najib and the Saudi King also discussed

developments in Afghanistan and terrorism.

    "There is a need for our two countries to seek greater cooperation to

deal with the threat of terrorism in all its forms," Najib said, adding that

a formal pact on this may be on the cards.

    Contact Details 

    Hazatul Abdullah 


    SOURCE: The Prime Minister's Office, Malaysia

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