Modi arrives in Malaysia to meet newly-elected PM Mahathir

Modi and Mahathir are expected to deliberate on ways to deepen bilateral relationship in a range of areas, including trade and investment. (Twitter/ PMO India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here from Indonesia to meet his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad.

Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir was sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister 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 Office of the Prime Minister said in a tweet that Modi will be discussing aspects relating to India-Malaysia cooperation with Mahathir.

"PM @narendramodi landed in Kuala Lumpur. He would be meeting Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and discussing aspects relating to India-Malaysia cooperation," the PMO said.

"PM @narendramodi arrives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on leg 2 of his 3- nation visit. PM will meet Malaysian PM Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamed. Malaysia is a strategic partner and a priority country in our Act East Policy," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

Modi and Mahathir are expected to deliberate on ways to deepen bilateral relationship in a range of areas, including trade and investment.

Modi had announced in New Delhi that on his way to Singapore, he will make a brief halt in Malaysia to meet Mahathir and congratulate the new Malaysian leadership.

From here, the Prime Minister will leave for Singapore where he will deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security meet, tomorrow.

During his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, Modi held "productive discussions" with President Joko Widodo.

The two countries elevated their bilateral ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terror.

India and Indonesia also signed 15 agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

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