PM Anwar to visit Singapore tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will undertake an official visit to Singapore tomorrow (Jan 30).

The Foreign Ministry said the prime minister is visiting the republic at the invitation of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"This will be Anwar's maiden visit to Singapore after being sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia," Wisma Putra said in a statement.

Anwar will be accompanied by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The delegation will comprise of Foreign Minister Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, International Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Communications and Digital Minister Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil and officials from the relevant ministries and agencies.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Dr Abang johari Abang Openg and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi will also be part of the official delegation.

"During the visit, the Prime Minister will be meeting Singaporean leaders, including President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee. Additionally, the two prime ministers will witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Cooperation on Data, Cybersecurity and the Digital Economy and two Frameworks on Cooperation in Digital Economy and Green Economy.

"The Prime Minister will also hold an engagement with the Malaysian diaspora in Singapore," said Wisma Putra.

The visit reflects the importance of the Malaysia-Singapore ties as close neighbours and partners in Asean.

"It will provide a golden opportunity for leaders from both sides to discuss ways to elevate this relationship, reflecting the breadth and depth of shared interest, longstanding people-to-people links, and strong economic relations.

"Both sides will also be exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual interest," said Wisma Putra.

In 2022, Singapore was Malaysia's second largest trading partner and the largest among Asean countries, with total trade amounting to RM367.53 billion, an increase of 29.4 per cent compared to the recorded value in 2021.

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