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Sunday 19 January 2020

Modi halts in Malaysia briefly en route Singapore

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

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

92-year-old Mahathir was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister on 10 May after leading the opposition alliance to a stunning election victory over the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had ruled Malaysia since 1957.

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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Indonesia for a one-day visit, enjoyed a rendition of popular Hindi song “Sabarmati Ke Sant Tune Kar Diya Kamal” on Wednesday.

A banquet was hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo where Indonesia-based singer Fryda Lucyana sung the song.

The official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister Office tweeted to share a glimpse of the performance. “A wonderful rendition of ‘Sabarmati Ke Sant Tune Kar Diya Kamal’ sung by Fryda Lucyana at the banquet hosted by President @jokowi for PM @narendramodi”, PMO India tweeted.

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