Malaysia rolls out red carpet as Saudi king kicks off Asia tour

Saudi Arabia's King Salman inspects an honour guard at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Saudi Arabia's King Salman inspects an honour guard at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Malaysia welcomed Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday for the start of a rare, month-long Asian tour, where the monarch will build ties and seek to draw more investments to the oil-rich gulf nation.

The visit is the first by a Saudi king to Malaysia in more than a decade, as the Arab nation courts Asian investors for the sale of a 5 percent stake in state firm Aramco in 2018, expected to be the world’s biggest IPO.

Malaysian state television on Sunday showed live footage of the octogenarian king descending from his plane on an escalator flown in with his delegation. He was received by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak before being whisked away in a heavily guarded convoy for a state ceremony at Malaysia’s parliament grounds.

The leader was greeted in parliament with a 21-gun salute, local media reported…

Read more : Reuters, 26.02.2017