Malaysia gives red carpet welcome for Myanmar president

Malaysia gives red carpet welcome for Myanmar president
Formal reception: Thein Sein inspecting the guard-of-honour during the welcoming ceremony held at Dataran Parlimen in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR - Myanmar President Thein Sein received a red carpet welcome on his first state visit to Malaysia since his appointment in 2011.

The President and his entourage were warmly greeted by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mua'dzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah at the official welcoming ceremony held at the Dataran Parlimen here yesterday.

The Myanmar leader was accompanied by his wife Daw Khin Khin Win, Cabinet members and other senior officials on the two-day trip.

At the ceremony, he inspected a guard-of-honour mounted by 103 men and four officers of the First Battalion Royal Malay Regiment.

Halfway through the inspection, Thein Sein politely bowed towards the regimental colours before continuing with the inspection.

The Myanmar leader was accorded a 21-gun salute before the national anthems of both nations were played.

Before leaving, Thein Sein took the time to meet and exchange greetings with Malaysia's Cabinet members.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and dignitaries.

Thein Sein is scheduled to have a restricted meeting with Najib, followed by a delegation meeting before attending an official luncheon hosted by Najib and Rosmah today.

They are expected to discuss the latest developments on existing bilateral co-operation between Myanmar and Malaysia, besides exchanging views on regional issues.

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