Malaysia’s Najib flies in for ASEAN Summit

April 27, 2017 - 6:49 PM
Malaysian PM Najib Razak waves to well-wishers as he arrives in Manila Thursday afternoon. He will attend the 30th ASEAN Summit. RICHIE LOPA, INTERAKSYON

MANILA – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Manila Thursday afternoon for the 30th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The 63-year-old leader was accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor.

He was welcomed by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and Phililippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose.

Najib is the second state leader to fly in for the four-day summit, following Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who arrived Wednesday evening.

As host country this year, President Rodrigo Duterte will chair the summit to be attended by leaders of the 10-member ASEAN states.

Najib will also chair the 10th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle Summit and attend the 12th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area Summit, which Duterte will also chair.

Malaysia has played a key role in facilitating the peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).