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Malaysia's king to make state visit to Singapore

Malaysia's King Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah will be in Singapore for a three-day state visit starting Monday.

SINGAPORE: Malaysia's King Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah will be in Singapore for a three-day state visit starting Monday.

The king, accompanied by his wife, will receive a ceremonial welcome at the Istana.

As part of their visit, they will call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary Tan, who will host them to a state banquet.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching will also call on the king and his wife.

Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the king's visit reciprocates President Tan and Mrs Tan's state visit to Malaysia last year, and underscores the deep and longstanding ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

This is the first state visit here by a Malaysian head of state since 2006.

It comes on the heels of another high level bilateral meeting this year, between the prime ministers of both sides.

The king's trip will also see him visiting several places of interest in Singapore, in a bid to enhance people-to-people ties.

They include Gardens by the Bay, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Night Safari. 

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