KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad will have high-level talks with Lebanese and Egyptian leaders during his visit to the two countries from tomorrow to Thursday.
He will be accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, and a delegation comprising Cabinet ministers, chief ministers, senior government officials and muftis.
A Wisma Putra statement here said that during his Lebanon visit on the first two days, the Prime Minister would call on his Lebanese counterpart, Rafic Hariri, in Beirut to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Both prime ministers are expected to witness the signing of documents for co-operation in various fields.
Dr Mahathir would also address Lebanese parliamentarians, state dignitaries and corporate leaders at a luncheon hosted by Hariri.
Prominent members of the Malaysian private sector would also be present.
He would also call on President Emile Lahoud and attend an official dinner hosted by the president in his honour besides visiting Beirut and the citys vicinity to look at the state of reconstruction.
In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Dr Mahathir is scheduled to call on President Hosni Mubarak and Prime Minister Dr Atef Muhammad Muhammad Ebeid to discuss a similar agenda.
Their talks would cover Malaysias hosting of the Non Aligned Movement Summit from Feb 20-25 and the Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit in October, both to be held here.
Dr Mahathir would also meet the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University, Dr Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, and is expected to deliver an open lecture to international students, scholars and academicians on Muslim Unity in the Face of Challenges and Threats. Bernama