PM Modi meets newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his office at Perdana Putra Complex, Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. "The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on strengthening our strategic partnership. PM congratulated Dr. Mahathir on assuming the post of Prime Minister of Malaysia," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Here's more.
92-two-year-old Mahathir was sworn in as Malaysia's PM on May 10 after leading the opposition alliance to a stunning election victory over the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had ruled Malaysia since 1957. The PMO said that Modi will be discussing aspects relating to India-Malaysia cooperation with Mahathir. "Malaysia is a strategic partner and a priority country in our Act East Policy," Kumar said.
The Prime Minister had announced in New Delhi that on his way to Singapore, he will make a brief halt in Malaysia to meet the new PM Mahathir and also congratulate the new Malaysian leadership. From Kuala Lumpur, PM Modi will leave for Singapore where he will deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security meet, tomorrow.