Global Leadership

Vatican Visit

By Wednesday April 9th, 2014 No Comments


Date visited: July 18, 2011

I was received by Pope Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. This was only the second such visit by a Malaysian prime minister, the first being Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2002.

Key outcomes:

  • Formalised ties between Malaysia and the Vatican.
  • Highlighted Malaysia as a moderate country that embodies the principles of inter-religious harmony and respectful co-existence.
  • Reinforced to Malaysian Christians that the government respects their religious beliefs.

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