Saudi king, 300-strong entourage in Malaysia


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 31 Jan 2006

ROYAL PATRONAGE: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail (right)and Abdullah accompanying King Abdullah (left) during the Saudi monarch’s visit to the Parliamentyesterday. — Bernamapic

SEPANG: King Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia arrived today for a three-day visit to Malaysia, his first since ascending the throne after the death of King Fahd. 

The special aircraft carrying the monarch and his 300-member entourage comprising ministers, officials and media landed at the KL International Airport here at 4.30pm. 

The King was received by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

King Abdullah visited Malaysia in October 2003 as Crown Prince to attend the 10th Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Leaders’ Summit in Putrajaya. 

The custodian of the two holy mosques in Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah was installed as the sixth head of the oil-rich kingdom on Aug 1. 

Accompanying King Abdullah were Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Chief of the Cabinet Presidency Prince Abdul Aziz Fahd, Labour Minister Dr Ghazi Abdur Rahman Al-Qubaisi, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Ibrahim AnNuaini and several other ministers. – Bernama 

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