2006 News Story

King Abdullah on state visit to Malaysia

  King Abdullah arrives in Malaysia

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmed Badawi held official talks today and witnessed the signing of a number of agreements between the two nations.   

Kingdom signs accords with Malaysia


Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf and Malaysia’s Deputy Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop signed an accord on evading dual taxation on income and preventing tax evasion. Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani and Malaysian Minister of Higher Education Dr Haj Shafie Saleh signed an accord on scientific and cultural cooperation.


Following the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Badawi hosted a dinner in honor of King Abdullah.

Earlier today, King Abdullah and Prime Minister Badawi attended an event hosted by the government of Malaysia for the Saudi-Malaysian Friendship Society and the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


 “You know that Saudi and Malaysian economies are passing a stage of great growth and prosperity. There are many available opportunities that should be exploited to enhance economic relations and contribute to the prosperity of the two countries,” King Abdullah said in remarks at the event.




King Abdullah addresses business event

The King said that both the Saudi and Malaysian governments have created the legal and legislative framework that opens the door to investment, and called on businesses in both countries to take the initiative and pursue joint projects.

Today King Abdullah also received an honorary doctorate in Islamic development from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

The King also was awarded  the First Royal Medal of Distinction for the Promotion of Unity in the Muslim Nation.

In his acceptance speech at the university, King Abdullah said that the spirit of Islam is one of mercy and love, and that while some individuals have deviated to extremism, Islam has nothing to do with these individuals and their ugly criminal acts.




King Abdullah receives honorary doctorate

King Abdullah arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. He was met at the airport by Prime Minister Badawi, then attended a reception hosted by King Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin at Parliament. In the evening, King Tuanku hosted a state banquet in honor of King Abdullah.


King Abdullah at state banquet


In welcome remarks, King Tuanku said that he hopes the royal visit would be mutually beneficial for both countries, and that two agreements would be signed – one on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of tax evasion, and a second on scientific and cultural cooperation in the field of higher education.


In turn, King Abdullah said he was pleased to visit Malaysia. He noted that Malaysia has managed its development in a pioneering way that balances Islam with modern requirements, and said that Saudi Arabia is gearing up to establish a real partnership with Malaysia in all fields.

King Abdullah also said that he looks forward to working with all Islamic countries, including Malaysia, to enact the resolutions of the extraordinary Organization of the Islamic Conference summit held in Makkah last year.




King Abdullah in Malaysia