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Prime Minister of Malaysia welcomed to Number 10

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Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Razak to Downing Street.

This was the first visit from the Prime Minister of Malaysia under the Coalition Government and it was an opportunity to reinvigorate the UK-Malaysia relationship.

The two leaders held a bi-lateral meeting and lunch, before witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on transnational crime by Home Secretary Theresa May and the Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs.

The leaders discussed how to continue to strengthen the two countries commercial relationship, work more closely in areas like transnational crime and education, and a range of foreign policy issues, notably the Arab Spring.

At the start of their meeting, Mr Cameron praised the common interests and history between the two countries.

He said:

It’s a huge pleasure to welcome the Malaysian Prime Minister to Number 10 Downing Street.  Obviously Britain and Malaysia are very old friends, very old colleagues, and share a lot of common interests.” 

Following the meeting in a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to develop and deliver five shared priorities for cooperation in areas covering political and diplomatic issues; trade and investment; education and training; science, technology and environment; and defence and security.