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Singapore leaders congratulate Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has received congratulatory messages from Singapore leaders who expressed confidence that ties between both countries would be further enhanced.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was confident that Malaysia would continue to prosper under Najib’s stewardship, saying that he look forward to working closely with the new prime minister to further enhance “our warm relations and mutual cooperation”.

“We have much to gain by working together bilaterally, regionally and internationally,” he said in a statement.

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in conveying his warmest congratulations to Najib, said: “Your father, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, held the office with great distinction. He would have been very proud of you, were he still alive. You now have the opportunity to lead Malaysia to greater heights,” he said in a separate statement.

Senior Minister and Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, in his message, said that the republic and Malaysia were close neighbours and that they should open a new chapter of stronger bilateral relations and work together to build an integrated Asean.

Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security S. Jayakumar said Najib took over the reins at a time of deep challenge facing the global economy, but “I have utmost confidence that you will lead Malaysia forward to greater achievements”.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng said he was convinced that Najib, with his vast experience, would be more than able to lead the country.

Senior Minister and Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, in his message, said that the republic and Malaysia were close neighbours and that they should open a new chapter of stronger bilateral relations and work together to build an integrated Asean.

Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security S. Jayakumar said Najib took over the reins at a time of deep challenge facing the global economy, but “I have utmost confidence that you will lead Malaysia forward to greater achievements”.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng said he was convinced that Najib, with his vast experience, would be more than able to lead the country.

Meanwhile, several foreign representatives here congratulated the new prime minister, including the United States Ambassador to Malaysia James Keith.

“The US and Malaysia enjoy a productive and cooperative relationship based on enduring shared national interests.

“As Malaysia proceeds with its political transition, we look forward to working with the new Malaysian leadership and with the people of Malaysia to realise the full potential of our strong and developing bilateral ties,” he said in a statement.

Cuba’s ambassador to Malaysia Carlos A. Amores said that he was confident that the Havana – Kuala Lumpur relations would continue to develop and strengthen in various fields under Najib’s leadership.

He said that Cuba and Malaysia enjoyed good ties and that he believed that under Najib, there would be more cooperation, encompassing wider areas.

Azerbaijan Ambassador to Malaysia Tahir Karimov also congratulated the new prime minister, saying he hoped that under Najib’s wise guidance, the cooperation between the two countries would be further developed.

Palestine Ambassador to Malaysia Abdul Elaziz Abu Ghoush said that he and the Palestinian people was confident that Malaysia under the new leadership of Najib would continue to support and assist their noble cause, something which Malaysia had been doing since the beginning of the Palestine struggle.

Malaysia and the people had helped the Palestinian people in many ways, he said, adding Malaysia offered tremendous support and solidarity during Israel’s brutal attacks against the Palestinian in Gaza recently.

Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador to Malaysia Mahdi Khandaghabadi said that under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Abdullah, Iran and Malaysia had made historical achievements in their bilateral relations.

Najib, in his former capacities had also contributed significantly to such achievements, he said.

“That is why I am sure that under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib the relationship between Islamic Republic of Iran and Malaysia will enter a new phase of success and opportunities, especially in the promotion of trade and business,” he said.

Source : Bernama

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