PETALING JAYA: It had been a fruitful visit to Saudi Arabia for Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Before returning home on Sunday night (1am Malaysian time yesterday), the King met with Saudi Arabia’s monarchs and leaders to further strengthen bilateral ties.
Sultan Abdullah met with Jeddah Governor Prince Mishaal Majed Abdulaziz for a brief meeting at the Royal Terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport before departing for Malaysia.
Earlier in the day, Sultan Abdullah had an audience with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud at the Royal Court in Jeddah, where he expressed his gratitude over the visit.
Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Samsudin said the monarchs had also spoken on enhancing existing bilateral relations and cooperation, especially in terms of the haj pilgrimage.
Arriving in Jeddah on Friday, Sultan Abdullah was given a red-carpet welcome by Prince Mishaal.
The King later visited the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad at the Nabawi Mosque.
Accompanied by Madinah Governor Prince Faisal Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King also performed Friday prayers there.
In the evening, the King met about 200 Malaysian haj pilgrims, students and workers at a tea reception, where he expressed hope that they would strengthen long-existing ties between the two countries.
On Saturday, Sultan Abdullah completed his umrah to Mecca along with millions of Muslims.
The King also managed to kiss the Black Stone, which is located in the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque.
Accompanying the King on his visit were his son Tengku Amir Nasser, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram.
The three-day visit was at the invitation of King Salman to foster closer ties between the two countries. The trip was Sultan Abdullah’s inaugural visit to Saudi Arabia as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.