PM Lee and Najib lend weight to joint projects

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching tossing yusheng with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor at Fullerton Bay Hotel on Monday night. The two prime ministers have held the Leaders’ Retreat every year since Mr Najib came for an introductory visit in 2009.

SINGAPORE - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Singapore on Monday ahead of an official meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

On Tuesday, the two would hold their annual Leaders' Retreat, which this year involves a visit to two multibillion-dollar projects the two leaders were instrumental in getting off the ground.

The meeting, which the prime ministers have held every year since Datuk Seri Najib came for an introductory visit in 2009, is regarded by both sides as a sign of the strong rapport between the two leaders.

"The annual Leaders' Retreat is a key bilateral platform for the prime ministers to drive relations forward," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

Similarly, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told Malaysian reporters on Monday that the country was pleased with the state of ties it has with its neighbour.

He said: "The clear commitments demonstrated by Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, to strengthening this relationship further, have been well received."

On Monday night, Mr Lee and his wife Ho Ching hosted Mr Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor to a private dinner at Fullerton Bay Hotel. After taking in the view of the Marina Bay skyline, the four joined in on a lo hei.

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