SINGAPORE: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob kicked off his official visit to Singapore on Monday (Nov 29) by attending a welcoming ceremony at the Istana.
This is Ismail Sabri’s first official visit to the island republic in his capacity as prime minister.
At the ceremony, Ismail Sabri inspected a guard of honour and then signed the guest book.
The prime minister also had a new orchid hybrid named in his honour before paying a courtesy call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob.
Earlier Monday morning, Ismail Sabri had jointly launched the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) at the Woodlands checkpoint for travel between Singapore and Malaysia with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Ismail Sabri is accompanied by Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Mentri Besar of Johor Datuk Hasni Mohammad as well as other senior officials.
Ismail Sabri is scheduled to have a four-eye meeting with Lee for about 30 minutes.
A joint press conference will be held by the two leaders afterwards, which will be live-streamed via Lee’s Facebook page.
Wisma Putra on Sunday (Nov 28) said the visit was conducted in full compliance with the strict health and safety protocols put in place by both governments. - Bernama