Najib arrives in Vietnam for Apec summit

11-Nov-2017 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has arrived here on Thursday afternoon for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting and will immediately spring into action, although the leaders’ summit will only begin on Friday.

Najib, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, was greeted at the airport by Vietnamese Education and Training minister Phung Xuan Nha and Malaysian ambassador to Vietnam Zamruni Khalid.

The prime minister also made a courtesy call on Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang after landing at the Danang International Airport at 2.45pm local time.

Najib and other leaders of the remaining 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries including Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due to meet on the sidelines of the summit on Friday to discuss the free trade pact.

Malaysia is expected to play a key role in pushing for the TPP without the US, which designed but subsequently abandoned it, at the “sideshow” meeting.

The leaders will also delve into the broader free trade among the 21 Apec economies.

Najib will kick off his participation in the leaders’ summit by joining other leaders in discussing ways to strengthen cooperation and foster a future of inclusive and sustainable growth for people in the region, which accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product.

Najib and the other leaders are due to attend an informal dialogue with leaders of Asean countries who are not Apec members.

He will participate in two retreat sessions on Saturday and hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea on the sidelines of the summit.

Najib and the other leaders will also attend dialogues with US- Apec Business Coalition and Apec Business Advisory.


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