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Malaysian PM arriving Tuesday, 13 agreements on cards


New Delhi : Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak will arrive in Delhi Tuesday evening for a five-day state visit to India during which he is expected to sign at least 13 agreements.

Najib will reach Delhi at about 5.30 p.m., accompanied by a large delegation, comprising senior ministers, MPs, senior officials and prominent businessmen.

“The visit of the Malaysian PM to India will contribute to further strengthening and expanding the close bilateral relations between the two countries,” said a press release issued by the ministry of external affairs ahead of the visit.

He will hold discussions with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday, following which they will witness the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding.

On Monday Razak told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that his visit will be “substantive and not just ceremonial”. “The latest count is 13 and we are still counting,” Razak said when asked about agreements to be signed during the visit.

Most of the MoUs would be from the private sector that is engaged in a variety of projects in India.

The Malaysian leader will also be meeting the Indian leadership, from President Pratibha Patil to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to call on him.

He will also be visiting Tamil Nadu. There is a large Indian diaspora of Tamil origin in Malaysia.