Malaysian officials are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Kuala Lumpur on January 30.
“This visit is very different and important to us. We are impressed with the King’s openness, his new policies and his dynamic leadership,” said Malaysia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ismail Ibrahim, as quoted in the Saudi Gazette.
“We know that Saudi Arabia has many key infrastructure projects planned, and we Malaysians have the expertise and technology to participate and help. We are hoping this meeting will give us some leeway to that,” Ibrahim said.
In 2004, trade between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia totaled SR 5.5 billion [$1.4 billion].
“Apart from trade relations, there is something else we have very much in common, we both are Muslim countries and our spiritual relationship goes way back to the advent of Islam,” Ibrahim said.
In Malaysia, the King is expected to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmed Badawi. There will also be an official welcome ceremony for King Abdullah at the Parliament House, a business meeting over lunch with the Saudi and Malaysian Business Council, and an evening banquet, Ibrahim said.