Dr Mahathir, Lee hold annual talks in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA, April 9 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong met today for discussions under the framework of the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat.

Lee arrived at Perdana Putra here at 10 am and was welcomed by Dr Mahathir and Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The two prime ministers then held a four-eyed meeting, followed by a delegation meeting.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Sports and Youth Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also attended the meeting.

According to Wisma Putra, Lee and Dr Mahathir are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, review the progress of existing bilateral cooperation and explore new areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

Lee, who arrived in Malaysia yesterday, was accompanied by several of the republic’s ministers, as well as senior officials.

Malaysia and Singapore are each other’s second largest trade partner with total trade worth US$59.92 billion in 2018.

Both countries have strong cooperation in the areas of investment, education, defence, agriculture, transportation, information and communication, disaster management as well as the civil service.


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