President Tan in KL for state visit

President Tan in KL for state visit
President Tony Tan.

SINGAPORE - President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrives in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday for a rare state visit by a Singapore head of state to Malaysia.

Dr Tan's trip is only the third such visit by a Singapore President across the Causeway.

But it will further cement the strong and friendly relations between both countries, which earlier this year announced ambitious joint projects like a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The three-day visit by Dr Tan and his wife Mary is at the invitation of the Malaysian King and Queen, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah Haji Hamidun, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Tuesday.

He is the first foreign head of state to be received by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong since he assumed the throne in December 2011.

The visit will see Dr Tan and his wife receiving a ceremonial welcome at Parliament Square, followed by a state drive and audience with the King and Queen, the MFA statement added.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife will then call on Dr Tan and Mrs Tan before the King and Queen host them to a state banquet on Wednesday evening.

In Malaysia, Dr Tan, who is also Chancellor of the National University of Singapore, will visit Universiti Malaya, the country's oldest university, as well as the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia and a Permata Negara nursery, which gives pre-school education to children from low-income families.

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