BAKU – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived here Thursday night for a two-day official visit to add greater traction to the existing bilaterial relations between Malaysia and Azerbaijan and pave the way for further economic investments.
The special aircraft carrying Najib and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor touched down at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku at 9.30pm local time (12.30am Malaysian time).
They were received on arrival by Azerbaijan First Deputy Prime Minister Yaqub Abdulla Oglu Eyyubov, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Malaysian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Datuk Roslan Abdul Rahman.
This is the first official visit by a Malaysian Prime Minister to Azerbaijan.
Apart from a four-eyed meeting between Najib dan Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, and a bilateral meeting jointly chaired by both leaders, they are also expected to sign a joint declaration which outlines both countries’ commitment to enhance bilateral and economic relations in various fields.
On Friday, after the official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace, Najib is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with Ilham Aliyev, to be followed by a delegation meeting between Malaysia and Azerbaijan.
Later, they will witness the signing of memorandums of understanding and agreements, including on economic, scientific and technical cooperation agreement, an MoU in the field of training of diplomats and another between Petronas and State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to cover cooperation in the oil and gas sector.
Najib is also scheduled to officiate the establishment of the Embassy of Malaysia in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Malaysia established its mission in Baku on April 1, 2014.
The Prime Minister’s visit will also enable him to personally extend Malaysia’s invitation to the Azerbaijan President to undertake a state visit to Malaysia in the near future. – Bernama