Kuala Lumpur, March 30: The five-day state visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, his third to India as Prime Minister, will see both sides discuss projects worth $5 billion as well as hold discussions on infrastructure, defence cooperation, air services arrangements, tourism and cultural relations. malaysia Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, left, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, second from left, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from left, and Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari pose for a group photo at the Indian Ocean Rim Association summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Prime Minister Najib, who arrived in Chennai earlier in the day, said in his blog that the friendship between India and Malaysia extends beyond the formalities. “My visit to India couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Our ties with India go way back. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Malaysia-India diplomatic relations, therefore marking the significance of the friendship between the two nations. “Uniquely, India has contributed to the demographics of the Malaysia we see today. The Indian community makes up the third largest ethnic group in Malaysia and many Indian Malaysians still have family relations in India. We are quite literally connected to each other,” he said in an entry on his blog www.najibrazak.com. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement in Malaysia, the issues expected to be discussed during the bilateral meeting between the two sides include trade and investment, infrastructure projects, defence cooperation, air services arrangements, tourism and culture relations as well as issues of mutual concern on regional and international cooperation. Several Government-to-Government memoranda of understanding and documents are set to be signed and exchanged during the visit. The exchange of the documents will be witnessed by both Prime Minister Najib and Prime Minister Narendra Modi At a briefing in New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the Malaysian Prime Minister’s visit follows the highly successful visit of Prime Minister Modi to Malaysia in November 2015. Jaideep Mazumdar, Joint Secretary (South) in the MEA, said business deals will be discussed during the visit. “In all, the projects that will be under the discussion during the entire visit could amount to $5 billion.” Prime Minister Najib is visiting India between March 30-April 4 and is accompanied by his spouse Rosmah Mansour. Besides the bilateral talks, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be holding dialogue sessions with leaders and captains of industries from major business sectors in India. He is also expected to attend a business luncheon and the 7th Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council Meeting. In Chennai, his programme includes official reception hosted by the Acting Governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidhyasagar Rao and a meeting with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi Palaniswami.