Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inspecting a guard of honour on his arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday, accompanied by Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke. This is the first Leaders' Retreat with Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan government, which came to power last May.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
PUTRAJAYA • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia today for the ninth Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat.
The annual meeting, an important platform to discuss bilateral issues and strengthen cooperation, was to have been held last November but was postponed. This is the first Leaders' Retreat with the Pakatan Harapan government, which came to power last May.
The retreat venue alternates between the neighbours.
In a statement yesterday, Singapore's Prime Minister's Office said that PM Lee will have a bilateral meeting with Tun Dr Mahathir this morning.
Malaysia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said of the leaders' four-eyes meeting in a statement: "They are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, review progress of existing bilateral cooperation and explore new areas of cooperation for mutual benefits."
This will be followed by a delegation meeting involving the two leaders and their accompanying ministers and senior officials.
Dr Mahathir and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali will then host lunch for PM Lee, Mrs Lee and the Singapore delegation.