PM Lee speaks to Malaysian prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, invites him to visit S’pore soon

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SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke with newly sworn-in Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Friday, and invited the leader to visit Singapore soon.

“I look forward to working with him and the new government to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” said Mr Lee in a Facebook post.

Datuk Seri Anwar was appointed Malaysia’s 10th prime minister on Thursday.

Mr Lee added that he has known Mr Anwar for several decades and had last met him in 2018, when he delivered a lecture at the Singapore Summit on the importance of bilateral relations between Singapore and Malaysia.

“Singapore and Malaysia are close partners. Our countries share a longstanding friendship, underpinned by strong historical, cultural, and interpersonal ties. There is more that we can do to enhance our bilateral relationship for mutual benefit.”

Replying to Mr Lee on social media, Mr Anwar on Friday afternoon thanked Mr Lee for the phone call and warm wishes. 

Mr Anwar said in a tweet: “As close neighbours and partners in Asean, Malaysia and Singapore also share many commonalities, intertwined history and very close and active people-to-people connections.

“I look forward to meeting you at the earliest opportunity and working together to further elevate Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations.”

Mr Anwar, 75, was sworn in after most parties agreed to a call by the Malaysian King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, for a unity government in the wake of last Saturday’s general election resulting in Malaysia’s first-ever hung Parliament.

In a letter to Mr Anwar on Thursday, Mr Lee congratulated the Malaysian prime minister a...

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