KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean President Moon Jae-in, here in Malaysia for a three-day state visit, was accorded a state welcome at Parliament Square.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah welcomed Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook upon their arrival at the square at about 10am yesterday.
Also present were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Cabinet ministers.
The state welcome began with the rendition of the national anthems of South Korea and Malaysia by the Central Band of the Royal Malaysian Navy, comprising one officer and 44 men led by Lt Mohd Shamram Ramli.
This was followed by the firing of a 21-gun salute.
Moon then inspected a guard of honour mounted by six officers and 103 men of the 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment led by Mejar Mohd Izham Ahmad Rashidi.
The Cabinet ministers and foreign envoys were introduced to Moon after the welcoming ceremony.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking is the minister-in-attendance.
Moon’s visit is expected to reinvigorate Kuala Lumpur-Seoul ties and lay new groundwork for the bilateral relations to flourish, said a statement from Wisma Putra. — Bernama