MILAN: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid ended a four-day state visit to Italy on Friday.
The visit, at the invitation of Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, was to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
It was the first state visit by a Malaysian head of state to Italy.
The royal couple met Ciampi at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.
Quirinale Palace was formerly the official residence of the Pope before it became the official residence of the President.
At the meeting, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and Ciampi discussed, among other things, matters of mutual interests to the two countries in various fields.
He also congratulated Ciampi for taking over the European Union (EU) presidency from June to December.
He also visited the Italian Chamber of Deputies and met its president Pierferdinando Casini.
At a state banquet hosted by Ciampi at Quirinale Palace, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin presented the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara to Ciampi.
The Italian President awarded The Highest Italian Order Cavallere Di Gran Croce decorato Di Gran Cordone to Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.
The King and Queen also met Malaysians at a dinner hosted by Malaysian Ambassador to Italy Datuk Shamsuddin Abdullah.
The royal couple will leave for Ireland today.
Accompanying the royal couple on the visit to Italy is a 23-member delegation which included Energy, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, who is minister-in-attendance. – Bernama