Najib makes his overseas debut as Prime Minister

By Sunday April 12th, 2009 No Comments

PATTAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived here on his first trip abroad as Prime Minister to attend a summit between Asean leaders and its six dialogue partners.

Several hours after his arrival yesterday, Najib held a meeting with Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

He is expected to hold separate talks with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Japan’s Taro Aso, Singapore’ Lee Hsien Loong and Australia’s Ke¬¬vin Rudd tomorrow.

On Sunday, Najib is scheduled to meet South Korean Prime Minister Lee Myung-bak, New Zealand’s John Key and Cambodia’s Hun Sen.

Wisma Putra secretary-general Tan Sri Rastam Isa said the leaders from Australia, Singapore and New Zealand had requested to meet Najib.

“It’s a good opportunity for the Prime Minister to meet with other leaders,” he said.

Najib is accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed for this summit.

Rastam said Mustapa would join other Asean economic ministers to sign a free trade agreement with China, as well as a mutual recognition arrangement on good manufacturing practice of medicinal products.

The summit is expected to focus on efforts to cope with the global slowdown. North Korea’s recent rocket launch is also likely to come up.

Source : The Star

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