Pompeo Meets Dr Mahathir

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The US secretary of state spent 30 minutes with the prime minister.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad this morning as he concluded his two-day inaugural visit to Malaysia.

During the 30-minute meeting at Perdana Putra here, Pompeo also took the opportunity to congratulate Mahathir for his election victory last May.

Pompeo, who arrived at 9am, was accompanied by US ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir.

Also present were Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya.

Pompeo, the most senior US official to visit Mahathir since his election victory, arrived on Thursday to kick off his five-day tour to three Southeast Asian countries.

He is heading to Singapore immediately after meeting Mahathir for the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

“The visit provides a great opportunity for both Malaysia and the United States of America to discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest,” said a Wisma Putra statement.

Washington established diplomatic ties with Malaysia in 1957 following Malaya’s independence from the United Kingdom.