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.
- 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.