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PM Modi departs for Malaysia

ANI  |  Jakarta [Indonesia] 

emplaned for Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, the second leg of his three-nation tour to South-at the Airport here on Thursday.

Upon his arrival, the will call on his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Dr. in Putrajaya, about 30 km from

On May 10, Mahathir-led (Alliance of Hope) defeated the coalition that has ruled for 61 years since independence from Britain.

He won a majority in the as it emerged victorious in 122 out of 222 seats, which was enough for him to form the government.

This is Modi's second visit to since 2015.

and have deep historical and cultural relations, dating back to ancient times. Malaysia is home to a strong concentration of Indian immigrants. They form at least 7 percent of Malaysia's population.

Prime Minister Mohamad, who is the incumbent and longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia has Indian ancestry.

On the trade front, the bilateral trade volume between the two countries currently stands at USD 10.5 billion in 2017 and is poised to reach USD 25 billion by 2020.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Modi will proceed for Singapore, where he will be residing at

After this, he will pay a visit to India-Enterprise and Innovation Exhibitions at the Convention Centre.

Following the exhibitions, the Prime Minister will attend a business and community event.

Later, Prime Minister Modi will have a business round-table conference with CEOs for dinner.

In a statement on Monday, the (MEA) said that Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, three countries in the region are strategic partners of

"The attaches high importance to its relations with the region and is committed to deepening its relationship with individual member states, within the framework of Government's Act East Policy. The visit would enable the Leaders to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest," the MEA said in a statement.

Prime Minister Modi is currently on a three-nation tour to Indonesia, Malaysia and

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First Published: Thu, May 31 2018. 06:40 IST